SA’s R1 trillion nuclear power plans

 ·19 May 2015

South Africa will have six new nuclear power plants by 2030, which will cost between R400 billion and R1 trillion to build, according to a report by Reuters.

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told Parliament on 19 May that South Africa will start the nuclear build programme in 2015, in a bid to generate an additional 9,600MW of electricity.

“We expect to present the outcome of this procurement process to cabinet by year-end,” said Joemat-Pettersson.

She said the operation will be carried out in a fair and transparent manner.

Joemat-Pettersson also said the country will also re-establish its nuclear fuel cycle industry, which would include developing uranium enrichment plants and nuclear fuel production sites.

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