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South Africa / Start Planning For New Nuclear Now, Says Energy Minister

By David Dalton
13 August 2019

Start Planning For New Nuclear Now, Says Energy Minister
South Africa’s only commercial nuclear station at Koeberg provides about 2.5% of the country’s energy generation.
South Africa’s integrated resource plan, which foresees a diversified energy mix that includes nuclear, is in the process of being finalised and “planning for new nuclear power plants should start now”, minister of mineral resources and energy Gwede Mantashe said in a speech to parliament.

Mr Mantashe said the IRP will be tabled before cabinet for approval in September 2019. “It considers a diversified energy mix that includes all forms of energy technologies such as cleaner coal, nuclear, gas, hydro, renewables and battery storage,” he said.

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