South Africa plans 9.6MW nuclear plant
South Africa government said on Tuesday it would start the process to procure a nuclear fleet that would generate 9,600 megawatts of power this year.
The Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, told parliament that the aim was to cushion the effects of the countryâ€™s energy crunch.
â€œTo meet its targeted nuclear generation capacity, South Africa plans to build six new nuclear power plants by 2030.
â€œIt is to cost between 400 billion rand and 1 trillion rand (between $34 and $84 billion).
â€œWe expect to present the outcome of this procurement process to cabinet by year-end,â€ Joemat-Pettersson told parliament.
She added that the exercise would be carried out in a â€œfair and transparentâ€ manner.
South Africa has signed nuclear power deals with various countries, including France, China, South Korea and the United States.
The country surprised energy watchers in September when it announced a deal with Russia to build plants worth $10 billion.
Joemat-Pettersson also said South Africa, which runs the continentâ€™s only nuclear power station near Cape Town, would also re-establish its nuclear fuel cycle industry.
This would include developing domestic uranium enrichment and conversion plants as well as nuclear fuel production sites in a country with vast uranium reserves.
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