SA's nuclear programme announced by year-end


South Africa's nuclear energy programme will be detailed by the end of this year. That's according to Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, in an interview with Business Report. She's expected to announce the technology government would choose, the chosen suppliers, and the procurement process due to be adopted.

Government has budgeted some R300-billion for the programme, with nuclear power set to fill around 25 percent of the country's installed capacity in today's terms - although that's likely to be a lower percentage by the time the reactors come on line.

Eskom has selected a site for one of its nuclear reactors on the Agulhas Plain, at Bantamsklip. Many conservationists and land users are concerned about the impact of the power station on the region, which is one of the world's biodiversity 'hotspots'.

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