Government aiming for 9,600 megawatts of nuclear power

DECEMBER 18, 2014

Government is reportedly planning to add 9,600 megawatts of nuclear power capacity to the national grid, equal to nearly a quarter of the current capacity.

The Presidency says government will now launch a procurement process to build the new plants.

It says presentations of what other countries can offer South Africa in terms of nuclear technology have been concluded.

Eskom has been scrambling to keep the lights on, with demand for electricity threatening to outstrip supply.

The utility has been battling with limited generating capacity, problems at its power stations and a shortage of diesel supplies.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj says, “The nuclear new build programme will create massive infrastructure development, thus stimulating the economy and enabling the country to create thousands of high quality jobs.”

Maharaj says government will now design and launch a procurement process.

“Government remains committed to ensuring energy security for the country through the roll-out of new nuclear-built programmes as an integral part of the energy mix.”