THE Eastern Cape is on track to become South Africa’s energy hub, as national power utility Eskom plans its first nuclear plant in the region at Thyspunt, near Cape St Francis, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said on Monday.
Speaking at the Nuclear Africa conference in Johannesburg, Ms Peters said the government was willing to implement a nuclear energy programme with the urgency it deserved.
She acknowledged that the cost of the planned nuclear power programme had escalated but said the authorities had already included a price increase in their plans.
According to the minister, the delay in launching the nuclear power plant construction programme was due to the government’s desire to ensure South Africa obtained maximal industrial participation from the programme, which would help fulfil the objectives of the Industrial Policy Action Plan.
The Department of Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan 2010-30 includes 9.6GW of nuclear power.
“There is political will in this country to use nuclear for peaceful purposes,” Ms Peters said. “The reason we have to include nuclear in our plan is because we want to reduce coal and our economy is energy intensive.” Read More
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