Necsa Signs Two More Nuclear Agreements In China

APRIL 22, 2015

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) this week signed two additional nuclear cooperation agreements with Chinese entities as part of the preparation for South Africa's nuclear new build programme.

CEO Phumzile Tshelane signed an agreement on nuclear power plant construction training with President Jun Gu of the China Nuclear Energy Engineering Group (CNEC).

This agreement will see South African trainees undergoing training on nuclear power plant building in China. China has the largest nuclear build programme with 29 new nuclear reactors currently under construction.

Necsa also signed an agreement with the State Nuclear Power Technology Company (SNPTC) for training on project management for nuclear power plant construction. 

Through this agreement South African project managers will be placed in Chinese nuclear sites for experiential training. Both agreements are aimed at boosting South Africa's capacity in preparation for the nuclear new build programme. 

It is estimated that at the peak of construction thousands of skilled engineers, scientists and artisans will be required.

Commenting on the agreements the Necsa CEO said, "through this collaboration with China we are enhancing our skills base with practical experience from China's massive nuclear build programme.

This also cements the relationship between the two countries who are indispensable partners in the exploitation of nuclear technology".

In a gathering to welcome 50 South African trainees held at the prestigious Tsinghua University on Wednesday 22 April 2015, Tshelane lauded the group as the pioneers and pathfinders for the new build programme. 

He asked them to take advantage of the Chinese experience and bring lessons back to South Africa on completion of their training. "South Africa is at the cusp of a new nuclear destiny", said the Necsa CEO.