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Eskom responds to nuclear build allegations

South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, reiterated on Monday the remarks made by the National Treasury, confirming that no new nuclear build deal had been signed.

The utility released this statement in response to media allegations last week, which led members of the public to believe that a deal had been signed.

Eskom’s chief nuclear officer Dave Nicholls, explained: “Eskom expects to issue a full Request for Proposal (RFP) to the open market once the Request for Information (RFI) has been assessed and the relevant approvals have been obtained. Read more…

“To date Eskom has therefore not received any formal proposals from potential suppliers and has not signed any power plant procurement agreements.”

He added: “Eskom has not undertaken any pre-qualification assessment to date related to the potential respondents to a potential RFP.” Read more…

New nuclear build programme

In November 2016, Eskom was designated by Cabinet as the procuring organisation for the nuclear power plants in the nuclear new build programme in line with the 2008 Nuclear Energy policy and the IRP 2010.

Subsequently the then Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, in consultation with Chairman of National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), gazetted a Section 34 determination on 14 December designating Eskom under the Energy Regulation Act for this capacity.

Eskom, in conjunction with the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA), issued a non-binding Request for Information to the open market on 20th December, which will close on 28th April 2017, the parastatal concluded in a statement.


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.