Zambia has signed four memoranda of understanding (MoU) with Russia, which will enable the southern African country to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, ESI Africa informed.

The cooperation will develop a strategy for a nuclear plant within 10 to 15 years, which will produce at least 2GW of electricity, product isotopes for diagnosis, cancer treatment and irradiation of food, reported Lusaka Times.

Through this pact, Russia is expected to assist Zambia with training of young nuclear energy engineers, plan for nuclear power plant personnel, develop a nuclear energy regulator and build a nuclear plant.

Zambia’s Cabinet Secretary, Roland Msiska, said: “This is the result of the instruction by President Lungu for the country to develop nuclear energy to respond to challenges of load shedding and reduce the cost of medicine and agriculture.” Msiska told journalists shortly after the signing ceremony that once the program is implemented, load shedding will be a thing of past.