The Maghreb is a region with an estimated population of 100 million and rich in oil, gas, agricultural products, and tourism. In 2019, estimated GDP of all Maghreb countries amounted to approximately $1,210.5 billion
In terms of nuclear energy, both Morocco and Algeria have research reactors in place: Morocco has a TRIGA Mark II research reactor that currently offers a maximum thermal power level of 2 MW but will be upgraded to 3 MW in the future; Algeria possess two reactors: a multipurpose heavy water research reactor of 15 MW called Es-salam and a 1 MW reactor named Nur.
Tunisia is planning to install a subcritical assembly to aid in development of applied research in the nuclear field and as part of their preparations to implement a nuclear energy programme.
Mauritania is similarly looking to expand nuclear energy and could leverage on its uranium supply to establish a research reactor. Currently, Mauritania has completed its definitive feasibility study for the Tiris uranium project and concluded that it possesses both a very low capital development cost and operating cost.
Officials who will be speaking include:
- Hamid Marah, Scientific Director, The National Center for Energy and Nuclear Science and Technology, Morocco
- Ishagh Mohammed Mousa, President, National Authority for Radiation Protection, Safety and Nuclear Security, Mauritania
- Prof. Adel Trabelsi, Director General, National Center for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies, Tunisia
- Melissa Denecke, Director, Physics and Chemistry, Nuclear Sciences and Applications, International Atomic Energy Agency