Eskom welcomes nuclear movement, but says guidance still needed

Engineering News 8 November 2012.

State-owned electricity utility Eskom has welcomed Cabinet’s decision to endorse it as the designated owner-operator of nuclear energy plants in South Africa in line with the Nuclear Energy Policy of 2008.

However, Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe says it is still awaiting a determination from Energy Minister Dipuo Peters with regard to nuclear, as well as guidance on the process that will be followed.

Cabinet received a briefing this week following the inaugural meeting of the National Nuclear Energy Executive Coordination Committee (NNEECC), which is chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. The NNEECC has been established to oversee any future nuclear procurement process, as well as any future build programme.

South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity proposes the development of 9 600 MW of new nuclear capacity for introduction into the electricity system by 2030…

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