Nuclear programme to add 9600 MW in power production


PRETORIA: (By Nina Maria)– Government is poising  to set in motion nuclear programme in line with the nuclear energy policy and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2010) to add in 9600 MW nuclear power in total energy capacity. It will be second nuclear power generation unit as South Africa already generates nuclear energy at the Koeberg nuclear power plant. (Story was prepared and released by The South Africa News.

This was revealed by Deputy Director General for nuclear at the DoE, Zizamele Mbambo who said that The National Nuclear Energy Executive Coordination Committee (NNEECC) was working out to go for nuclear programme.

Expressing views at a briefing on the programmes and projects of the department as delivered in its 2013/14 budget vote speech, she said that the NNEECC was assigned to weigh up implementation of the policy and plans for nuclear energy.

“We are putting the action together to take a head-start for nuclear programme. One of key issues we outlined [is that] a decision require on the procurement of a nuclear power plant in this financial year,” said Mbambo. With formation of National Radioactive Disposal Institute soon to realize the nuclear policy

The noticeable development of the department is the successful completion of the integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) completed the project.

Meanwhile, CEO of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) and interim chairperson of PetroSA, Sizwe Mncwango, said that there was headway on the feasibility study in the development of a solar park in the Northern Cape.

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