SA’s R1 trillion nuclear power plans

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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