Operational Safety Experience of Ghana Research Reactor-1 and Its Impact on the Nuclear Power Program in Ghana

  • Benjamin J. B. Nyarko National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission
  • Edward H. K. Akaho National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission
  • Emmanuel Ampomah-Amoako National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission
  • Rex G. Abrefah National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission
  • Ekua Mensimah National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission
  • Kwaku A. Danso National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission
Keywords: safety reviews, experience, human resource

Abstract

Ghana has operated her miniature neutron source reactor with careful adherence to safety standards. Reactor's safety features have proven efficient and several efforts are underway at the Centre to ensure its safe operation. The ageing management policy of the Centre has usually been integrated into the existing schemes for ensuring safe practice. The periodic safety reviews that have also allowed for efficient safety analysis are also discussed. The establishment of the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences by the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission in collaboration with the University of Ghana is facilitating training of the needed human resources for the operation of the facility as well as the planned nuclear power plant and maintenance of nuclear knowledge in the country.

Author Biographies

Benjamin J. B. Nyarko, National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission

Nuclear Engineering and Materials Department

Principal Research Scientist

Edward H. K. Akaho, National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission

Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science Department

Chief Research Scientist

Emmanuel Ampomah-Amoako, National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission

Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science Department

Research Scientist

Rex G. Abrefah, National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission

Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science Department

Research Scientist

Ekua Mensimah, National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission

Nuclear Enginnering and Materials Science Department

Research Scientist

Kwaku A. Danso, National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission

Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science Department

Principal Research Scientist

Published
2011-06-22
Section
Experience, reviews, discussions