RENEWABLE ENERGY BODY VOICES CONCERN OVER SOUTH AFRICAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANS

The South African Renewable Energy Council, which represents industry groups in the renewable energy sector, has raised concerns about plans by State-owned power utility Eskom to bid for a nuclear power station now that the Minister of Energy has gazetted a determination to this effect.

The Department of Energy has issued a sectoral determination for the procurement of 9,600 megawatts (MW) of nuclear energy.

SAREC Chairperson Brenda Martin said here Wednesday that the council was disappointed that Eskom wishes to build the nuclear plant.

Martin added that the council would rather see Eskom ceding this responsibility to an independent power producer (IPP).

"Eskom says they can afford to procure 9,600 MW of nuclear power, for which there is no indication how they will pay for that or how they will connect it to the grid; and how the grid constraints will be addressed," Martin said.

"What we would like to see is for energy planning in particular to be undertaken with the view (to determine) with what (energy source) is most affordable and as fast as possible (to bring online)."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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