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South Africa launches a public consultation on 2.5 GW nuclear procurement

24 Nov 2020

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has launched a public consultation on a government plan to procure 2,500 MW of additional nuclear capacity to come online in South Africa after 2030.

In May 2020, the government of South Africa unveiled plans to start developing the 2,500 MW Nuclear New Build Programme (NNBP) soon, a roadmap for developing a new 2.5 GW nuclear power plant. The government didn't specify when construction would start and when the nuclear project would be commissioned, but it expected to complete the procurement process by 2024. In June 2020, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy published a Request For Information (RFI) for a 2,500 MW nuclear new-build programme. The RFI is expected to provide the government with insight into the cost of the programme, possible ownership structures, cost recovery, the end user cost and the sustainability of the programme. Previous plans to build 6 to 8 reactors with a total capacity of up to 9,600 MW were cancelled in 2018 due to the high cost of this programme (around ZAR 1,000bn, i.e. over US$70bn at the time).

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