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SA plans next phase of new 2 500 MW nuclear plant

In a bid to boost energy security and wants to end the procurement process by 2024.
Image: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

South Africa is forging ahead with plans for a new 2 500-megawatt nuclear power plant in a bid to boost energy security and wants to end the procurement process by 2024, the deputy energy minister said on Tuesday.

“We plan to issue the Request for Proposal (RFP) for 2 500MW nuclear programme at end of March 2022 and complete the procurement in 2024 to support the economic reconstruction and recovery plan and ensure security of energy supply,” Nobhule Pamela said in an address to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to a copy of her speech.

With the government having only launched a request for information in June last year to test the market’s appetite for the new plant, and the procurement process still in the early stages, there were no immediate details on estimated cost or completion date for the project.

Last month, South Africa’s energy regulator backed a long-term government plan to build new nuclear power units, a move that could help to shift the country away from coal and into less carbon-intensive means of generating electricity.

Africa’s most industrialised economy has the continent’s only operating nuclear plant, a 1 900 megawatt (MW) facility outside Cape Town that was built under apartheid.

However, much of its electricity supply comes from a fleet of coal-fired power plants that spew harmful emissions into the air and many of which are set for closure within a decade as South Africa cuts down emissions.

South Africa, which experiences regular blackouts due to erratic power supplies, has said it said it will look to expand its nuclear capacity at a pace and time it could afford, after abandoning in 2018 a massive nuclear expansion plan championed by former president, Jacob Zuma.

Analysts had expressed serious concern about Zuma’s project for an array of nuclear plants totalling 9 600 MW because it would have put massive extra strain on South Africa’s public finances as it faced a raft of credit rating downgrades.

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Let me try to understand this: a nuclear power plant run by the state, which is considered as one of the world’s most corrupt, incapable of building and operating the debacle called Eskom nor able to even pay its own ruling party employees nor run a single SOE efficiently, wants to build a nuclear power station?

What planet are we living on? Oh, wait! The one that milks the taxpayers to support the Friends & Family of the ANC via the process of tenderpreneureship.

Since DD Mabusa got back from Russia, he is pushing for the nuclear back on the table. His Russian masters must have warned him that their patience is running out and if he doesnt pushed the deal through than he will face some serious consequences. Lets go ahead with the deal under a complete transparent and open process as well as any other nuclear plant provider but the Russians. We also need a commission setup before the tender process to get a better understanding of the project and various parties should be allowed to be observers in all the negotiations.

Wonder if there will be some odd disappearances and sudden illnesses?

And the money for that?

Easy, get more of the future generations in debt by getting an dollar based loan from the “insert three letter acronym here”.

It is only skepping for now that counts.

Nuclear really does not make any sense.
Besides the obvious serious concerns about safety and possible massive corruption with nuclear deals, it does not make any economic sense. When one considers all costs, construction, maintenance and refueling, running costs and decommissioning nuclear turns out to be theost expensive.
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2019-10-04-wake-up-everyone-anc-necs-energy-statement-is-a-real-new-dawn-for-south-africa/
Acc to this article by Prof Swilling of Oct 2019, power from renewables : 50-60 cts/kWh, coal : 120-140, nuclear : 160-280. One just have to register on the DM website, no need to pay.
In the meantime prices for renewables have further tumbled.

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/09/01/world-record-low-bid-of-0-0399-kwh-for-csp-technology-in-chiles-renewables-auction/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2019/07/01/new-solar–battery-price-crushes-fossil-fuels-buries-nuclear/?

Oh, and BTW, don’t believe the official Eskom figures of 45 cts/kWh from Koeberg. This does not include the very expensive, complicated construction and the decommissioning.
Acc to UJ Prof Hartmuth Winkler a few years back in an article on The Conversation, only less than R 25 B was set aside for decommissioning of Koeberg, while at least R 60 B is needed.

Nuclear actually does make sense in CERTAIN circumstances.

However, given all the factors (like huge costs, and long payback periods) and then comparing this to a much more holistic approach – like combined wind, solar, etc – and letting people generate their own power on commercial or residential buildings……
And then environmental / risk concerns….

Renewables is a no brainer!
Tech has improved. Prices are slowly improving per kWh & it just makes sense.

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