Zambia has started preparations for a Construction of a Nuclear Research Centre in Chongwe district and structures on the site in Silverest area are expected by early 2020.
This follows four memorandum of understanding that was signed between Zambia and Russia for use of peaceful purposes on December seventh, 2016.
National Coordinator, Nuclear Energy program implementing organization- NEPIO, Reuben Katebe says the agreements were sealed off further when President Edgar Lungu and Russian President Vladimir Puttin met in South Africa during the brick summit in July 2018.
Dr Katebe has however clarified that the Centre will not be for military operations as suggested by some sections of the media but that it will be used for economic benefits of the country.
Dr Katebe has told ZNBC news in an interview that currently Zambia is importing all medical products which are sterilized at a high cost but that once the Centre is open, it will be done at no costs.
He further explained that all isotopes for treatment and diagnosis of cancer will no longer be imported from south Africa as is the case now.
He added that Zambia will no longer have to send students to Russia for nuclear science and technology as the center will be host for about One thousand students from master’s degree level.
And Nuclear Energy Program Implementation Organization Engineer – William Masocha says the organization is working with a Russian state owned company Rosatom on the project.
Mr. Masocha explained that so far preliminary tests have been done concerning under ground water levels , humidity and air speed.
He stated that structures will come as soon as soil tests are completed.