Algeria makes resounding entry into nuclear power, in 5 key sectors


Attention is increasingly concentrated on nuclear energy, praised as a “clean energy” solution, especially by France, as one of the alternatives to ease the environmental damage caused by polluting emissions. On March 21, 2024, Brussels, Belgium, became the venue for a Nuclear Summit, drawing participation from around fifty countries, including China and the USA, along with 25 leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron. Morocco has also started to pivot towards civil nuclear power, a move announced last December to complement the escalation of renewable energy initiatives. Nevertheless, Algeria has advanced beyond mere announcements, taking concrete steps towards embracing nuclear power, marking a considerable development in the energy sector.


On March 26, 2024, in Sochi, Russia, a significant cooperation memorandum in the field of nuclear energy was inked between the Algerian Ministry of Energy and Mines, represented by Mohamed Arkab, and the Russian public company specializing in nuclear energy, Rosatom. This deal focuses on the development of peaceful nuclear energy. According to a press release from the ministry, the signing happened on the sidelines of the 13th edition of the AtomExpo international forum, an event held on March 25-26 at the Sirius Park of Science and Arts in Sochi.

 Remark that this 2-year agreement – 2024 and 2025 – targets a host of activities that Algeria will launch in close cooperation with the Russians and which stipulates the exploitation of civil nuclear power in the following sectors: health and products nuclear pharmaceuticals, radiation treatment, research reactors, scientific and technical training and the development of nuclear technologies with peaceful purposes.

This collaboration follows the visit of the head of Rosatom to Algeria on July 3, 2023; he had talked with the Minister of Energy about the scope of applications that nuclear energy presents in the medical field. With this agreement, the two nations will go far beyond medicine. When President Abdelmadjid Tebboune visited Russia in June 2023, he did not specify that nuclear power was one of the subjects discussed with Vladimir Putin. But after this agreement, doubt is no longer allowed.

The AtomExpo 2024 exhibition, titled “Clean Energy: Building the Future Together,” was hosted by thematic working sessions and thematic exhibitions that underscored the landmark progress made by the world’s nuclear giants. A plethora of big names in nuclear energy made the trip. There was Rosatom boss Alexey Likhachev; the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi and the Director of the World Nuclear Association (WNA), Sama Bilbao y León…

When we ask the head of the IAEA if operating with Moscow is not a problem for him knowing what he is doing to Ukraine and the threats that Russia’s massive bombings pose to the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, in Zaporizhia, he responds that he is just doing his job, he is not playing politics.

We don’t know what to do with waste from nuclear power plants other than dumping it underground, in highly secured locations to avoid any leaks. No destruction or recycling technique is trustworthy. A sword of Damocles hanging over Humanity but with which it adapts given the great benefits of this easy-to-use energy which can be duplicated infinitely. For the moment these are the only things that matter, no alert is audible…

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