SA should work on ‘Plan B’ if nuclear build proves too costly

Engineering News 15 August 2012.

South Africa needed to develop a ‘Plan B’ should an investigation into the economics associated with deploying 9 600 MW of nuclear energy capacity prove it too expensive, the newly released ‘National Development Plan 2030’ asserts.

The plan, which was handed to President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday, acknowledged that the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity proposed that new nuclear energy plants be commissioned from 2023/24.

But it also argued that South Africa needed a “thorough investigation” of the implications of nuclear energy, including its costs, financing options, institutional arrangements, safety, environmental costs and benefits, localisation and employment opportunities, and uranium-enrichment and fuel fabrication possibilities…

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/sa-should-work-on-plan-b-if-nuclear-build-proves-too-costly-2012-08-15

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