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Nuclear will make up a significant part of SA power mix – DoE

Engineering News 21 May 2010.

“The department is being overwhelmed by input from the renewable energy sector, while the nuclear sector is silent, leaving the department alone to state the case of nuclear.”  “Nuclear and renewable energy technologies will all play a role in the future of the country’s new energy mix, it is not an either-,or-, situation,” Nelisiswe Magubane sad (sic) at a nuclear forum, in Pretoria.

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/nuclear-will-make-up-a-significant-part-of-sa-power-mix—doe-2010-05-21

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  • Well, the reason why the nuclear lobby is silent could be that they know that Eskom, the Department of Public Enterprises and the DoE have already decided on nuclear so there is no need.

    Or perhaps there is no case for nuclear because: the costs are uncertain (but certainly high), the lead times are long (10 years), it is risky (so far only governments have embarked on nuclear builds – independent power providers keep well clear), it generates 4 times less jobs than renewables and, above all – no one wants nuclear power plants anywhere near them!

    Also, I believe that going the nuclear route IS an all or nothing decision, if we decide on a nuclear fleet, this will consume all our resources, financial and technical, and we will miss the renewable energy opportunities of clean energy, job creation and climate change funding and technology transfer from the Kyoto Accord.

  • Well, the reason why the nuclear lobby is silent could be that they know that Eskom, the Department of Public Enterprises and the DoE have already decided on nuclear so there is no need.

    Or perhaps there is no case for nuclear because: the costs are uncertain (but certainly high), the lead times are long (10 years), it is risky (so far only governments have embarked on nuclear builds – independent power providers keep well clear), it generates 4 times less jobs than renewables and, above all – no one wants nuclear power plants anywhere near them!

    Also, I believe that going the nuclear route IS an all or nothing decision, if we decide on a nuclear fleet, this will consume all our resources, financial and technical, and we will miss the renewable energy opportunities of clean energy, job creation and climate change funding and technology transfer from the Kyoto Accord.

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