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South Africa getting ready for nuclear build

There have been no announcements for South Africa’s nuclear build programme beyond the integrated resource plan (IRP). However, the country is better prepared to undertake such a programme than it was previously.

On 13 February 2014 president Jacob Zuma said in his state of the nation speech that the South African government would undertake the procurement of 9.6 GW of nuclear power as part of the country’s energy mix. At the Nuclear Africa conference held in March 2014, minister of energy Ben Martins said the department of energy, other government agencies and departments are working to finalise the procurement framework of South Africa’s planned nuclear build programme. “Government will in due course announce specific details of the nuclear build programme when consultations and negotiations are finalised,” he said.

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