Simon Pesco Mallam, the President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (Nigatom), has revealed Nigeria's plan for nuclear energy.
Mallam told The Guardian exclusively: "We have a roadmap and that is by the mid 2020s. We hope we can get a commercial plant and add three more in five to 10 years."
As to whether Nigeria would be partnering with Russia or not, he said: "We have a good agreement with Russia, but we have not signed any contractual agreements yet. We have signed operational agreements, project development agreements, but not any commercial contractual agreements."
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On when the deal could become reality, he said: "I can't give a particular time, so you don't come back and say I promised you so and so date. But just know that it is in the works, and in a few years, we will all see the results."
Mallam refuted reports that Nigeria had signed multi-billion dollar agreements. "Some newspapers (not The Guardian) have been claiming that we signed a $20 billion contract with Russia. But I want to tell you categorically that this is not true. We have only cooperation agreement with Russia, and we are hoping that if all works well, we would develop the infrastructure and eventually sign a contractual agreement with them. But we are not closing our doors to other partners that may be interested and are ready to work with them. If we work with Russia, fine. But if we need to work with others, we are fine with that as well," he said.