‘We are nowhere near advertising the nuclear tender’

Engineering News 9 May 2013.

South Africa’s Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has again stressed South Africa’s phased approach to making a decision on new nuclear capacity – an approach guided by a desire to mitigate the risks and maximise benefits to the country.

Her director-general Nelisiwe Magubane added that the country, was, thus, “nowhere near advertising the tender”.

Speaking at the signing of procurement and implementation agreements for 19 more renewable-energy projects on Thursday, Peters said the nuclear plan would be presented for Cabinet approval in digestible components.

The first component had been Cabinet’s endorsement of Eskom as the owner/operator of any new nuclear facilities that might be constructed.

The current version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity stated that South Africa would build 9 600 MW of new nuclear capacity by 2030. However, it had been acknowledged that that schedule could not be met, owing to delays in finalising the plan.

In addition, a new IRP would be published before the end of the year, which would probably take account of the lower-than-anticipated growth in demand for electricity since the publication of the 2010 to 2030 version, as well as the broad-based appeal for more gas to be added into the generation road map’s mix…

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