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Koeberg nuclear power plant.

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy in South Africa has published the Request for Information (RFI) in respect of the commencement of preparations for a nuclear build programme to the extent of 2,500MW.

The department noted that given the long lead-time of building additional new nuclear capacity, upfront planning is necessary for the security of energy supply to society into the future.

Respondents are requested to complete the acknowledgement form and submit by email to rfinuclear@dmre.gov.za by 15 July 2020.

The RFI is intended to commence the Departmental preparatory work to develop plans for a future nuclear energy build programme.

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Preparations for a nuclear build programme

The call is in line with the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 Decision 8 which states that the Department will “Commence preparations for a nuclear build programme at a pace and scale that the country can afford because it is a no-regret option in the long term”.

This will enable the Department to gain insight into the cost of the programme, possible ownership structures, cost recovery, the end user cost and sustainability of the programme.

The RFI documents can be accessed on http://www.energy.gov.za/files/tenders/t_open.html and returned by email to rfinuclear@dmre.gov.za and can also be posted or hand delivered to:

Postal Address

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Private Bag x96

Physical Address

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
192 Visagie Street
Corner Paul Kruger and Visagie Street

Responses to the RFI must be submitted by no later than 15 September 2020 at 10h00.

All queries and requests for clarification in respect of this Request For Information must be emailed to rfinuclear@dmre.gov.za .