Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo has said that Zambia is expected to develop a nuclear power plant with a capacity to generate about 2,000 megawatts of electricity.
Professor Luo said that the power plant will be critical to ensuring sufficient supply of electricity to power the economy for over five decades.
She said the government working with the Russian government and the International Atomic Energy Agency are partnering in the nuclear science programme.
The minister explained that the decision by government to come up with a nuclear power plant follows wide consultations and research regarding the benefits and the safety and security of such energy.
She has also stated that the programme will be undertaken in two main phases with phase one being the construction stage for a centre of nuclear Science and Technology to facilitate the development of local Regulatory and management capacity while the second will see the operationalisation of the nuclear power plant.
The minister was speaking when she presented a ministerial statement to parliament.
Professor Luo said the nuclear science and technology project is a clear demonstration of the foresight that PF government has to secure economic development.
She has further said there is need for sensitization to change the negative perception that Zambians have about nuclear energy.