Zambia’s Ambassador to Russia Shadreck Luwita has told Sputnik, a Russian based news media, after the recently held Southern African Development Community (SADC) Investment Forum in Moscow, that an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement h
d been signed and the site for the construction of the reactor had been chosen.
Mr. Luwita says a legal framework is being considered under the current sitting of parliament to come up with legislation that will pave way for actual works to start in 2019.
He says the Zambian government had set up a special steering committee which would spearhead the construction of the research reactor.
Mr. Luwita explained that the research reactor, which will be producing isotopes, would enable the country to abandon isotopes imports from India and South Africa and will even permit the exports of Zambian isotopes to neighbouring countries.
In February 2017, Russia and Zambia signed an inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in a building of a nuclear science and technology centre in Zambia.
The agreement provides for the centre’s construction based on a multipurpose nuclear research.