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Government wants reactors to replace baseload supply provided by coal plants The two-unit Koeberg nuclear power station near Cape Town – the country’s only commercial nuclear facility – provides less than 6%. Courtesy Eskom/ South Africa’s ministry of mineral resources and energy is aiming to complete the procurement of a 2,500 MW nuclear new-build project by the end of 2024, minister Gwede Mantashe was quoted by local media as saying.

Mr Gwede Mantashe told parliament during a debate on the ministry’s budget that funding is needed to finalise the request for proposals for new nuclear.

According to an August 2021 decision by the South African energy regulator Nersa, the ministry of mineral resources and energy was given the green light to work towards deploying new nuclear capacities to partially replace coal-fired generation to be retired in the 2030s.

Nersa said South Africa will need to replace baseload supply currently provided by coal-fired power plants, which generate around 80% of the country’s daily electricity.

Date: Saturday, 28 May 2022
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The return to service next month of unit 2 at the Koeberg nuclear power plant will help to reduce pressure on South Africa's constrained power system, state-owned utility Eskom says. The return to service of the unit, which has been offline for refuelling and maintenance, will support utility efforts to reduce loadshedding and meet high demand as the country moves into winter.

Date: Friday, 13 May 2022
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The South African government has published the first phase of its National Infrastructure Plan 2050 (NIP 2050). The plan aims to create a foundation for achieving the vision of inclusive growth under the National Development Plan (NDP), with energy one of four critical network sectors addressed in this phase.

Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2022
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‘Request for proposal’ could be issued early next year The two-unit Koeberg is the only commercial nuclear power station in South Africa. Courtesy Eskom. South Africa is forging ahead with plans for 2,500 MW of new nuclear power capacity in a bid to boost energy security and wants to end the procurement process by 2024, the deputy energy minister said.

“We plan to issue the request for proposal for a 2,500 MW nuclear programme at end of March 2022 and complete the procurement in 2024 to support the economic reconstruction and recovery plan and ensure security of energy supply,” Nobhule Pamela said in an address to the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to a copy of her speech.

Last month, South Africa’s energy regulator backed a long-term government plan to build new nuclear power units, a move that could help see the construction of new nuclear reactors as part of the government’s drive to end power shortages and decarbonise electricity generation.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
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South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (Nersa) on 26 August gave its support to a long-term government plan to build new nuclear power units. South Africa has only one nuclear plant, the Koeberg NPP, with two 970MWe pressurised water reactors supplied by Framatome that began operation in 1985. Currently coal produces more than 80% of South Africa's power. Coal-fired capacity was 37,000MWe in 2020, whereas utility-scale solar and wind stood at more than 4,000MWe.

Date: Thursday, 02 September 2021
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South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (Nersa) on 23 November issued a call for public comment on the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy's draft plan to construct 2500MWe of new nuclear power by 2030 and beyond.

Date: Friday, 27 November 2020
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Used fuel storage facilities at South Africa's Koeberg nuclear plant will be full by April next year, power utility Eskom said on 26 November, adding that it has begun creating extra space.

Date: Saturday, 30 November 2019
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A draft updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) approved by South Africa's cabinet on 22 August sees the country's nuclear capacity remaining at its current 1830 MWe over the period to 2030. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe yesterday released the plan for public comment.

Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018
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South Africa's only nuclear power station has an important role to play in the country's economy now and in the future, a study by KPMG has found. Through investments and operations, economic activity supported or stimulated by Eskom's Koeberg plant is currently worth an estimated ZAR53.3 billion ($3.9 billion).

Date: Friday, 31 March 2017
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South Africa's government has amended its nuclear power expansion plans, according to the draft blueprint of the government's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) a draft energy paper. The latest IRP aims to increase nuclear power output by just 1,359MWe by 2037, compared with a previous target of adding 9,600MWe of new capacity by 2030. However, nuclear power output would rise more rapidly by 20,385MWe between 2037 and 2050.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2016
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