It is common cause that South Africa has already left it too late to meet the 2023 schedule for the introduction of the first new nuclear capacity in line with the Integrated Resource Plan’s (IRP’s) proposal for the addition of 9 600 MW of such production by 2030. It is also widely accepted that the current IRP is outdated, owing to a fall off in demand – which may or may not have, in turn, been precipitated by the country’s electricity shortages since 2008 – and some energy efficiency gains.
There is also broad agreement among electricity practitioners and market experts that firm decisions are urgently required regarding the future direction of South Africa’s electricity supply industry. But there is far less accord on what form that additional capacity, which will be required following the integration of the giant Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations later in the decade, should take. Read on Engineering News >