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Nuclear: Greenpeace demands transparency of deal

South African energy minister compelled to reveal all documentation pertaining to nuclear deal

In South Africa, non-government environmental organisation, Greenpeace Africa, has singled out energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, insisting that she publicly disclose all documentation on the country’s nuclear deal by Monday.

Greenpeace Africa’s programme director Lindlyn Moma, has requested that all documentation pertaining to the ZAR1 trillion nuclear deal be made available to the public, Engineering news reported.

Nuclear deal documentation S.Africa

The documents in question include documents covering the full costs, the budget and financing plan, job creation potential, the economic impacts of the proposed investment and the impacts of the investment on the price of electricity.

In addition, the environmental organisation has asked that the full nuclear readiness report be released, as well as the full procurement process to be followed, including the competitive bidding procedure planned.

Moma said: “The entire process is flawed when the government is making such immense electricity investment decisions based on an outdated plan, with outdated demand projections and outdated assumptions . . .  the nuclear procurement process must be halted until such a time as the new IRP has been approved by Cabinet.”

Moma said: “We can no longer afford to wait for improved transparency when it comes to the proposed nuclear deal, particularly when plans to begin procurement are on the horizon.”

Engineering news reported that Greenpeace has asked, in addition to the key documentation, for timelines for the completion of an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and its wide-ranging public hearings.

Nuclear is not the way

In February this year, Greenpeace said: “We’re taking the Energy Minister to Court”. This statement initiated the organisation’s continued perseverance with this investigation.

Greenpeace filed papers in the Pretoria High Court demanding that Joemat-Pettersson updates South Africa’s “completely inadequate nuclear liability regulations”, Greenpeace said.

Greenpeace Africa Executive Director Michael O’Brien Onyeka said at the time: “Greenpeace believes that new nuclear investments are not a solution to the current electricity crisis, but are in fact a distraction from investments in renewable energy solutions, which can quickly take South Africa out of its current energy crisis.

“It would take at least 15 years for any new nuclear project to deliver electricity to the grid, which is far too little, far too late and comes at far too high a price.”

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.