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Nuclear power more expensive than coal-fired power

Research undertaken by academics from the North-West University (NWU) has found that the new nuclear energy capacity being proposed for development in South Africa could be twice as expensive as that of coal-fired power generation capacity.

NWU Center for Research and Continued Engineering Development (CRCED) Vaal manager Professor Piet Stoker and CRCED Vaal Professor Johan Fick detail in their research paper, titled ‘A systems engineering approach to level the playing field: Electricity from coal versus nuclear’, that the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) for new nuclear power generation capacity would start at an optimistic 92c/kWh.

However, the cost of nuclear power generation was likely to be closer to 110c/kWh and could even reach as high as 134c/kWh under a high-risk scenario.
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