South Africa: Eskom – Nuclear decision needed soon
November 10 2010 at 12:06am
Cape Town – The government will have to make key decisions “soon” if it is to meet its target of new nuclear power capacity by 2023, Eskom chief executive Brian Dames said on Tuesday.
Briefing journalists in Cape Town, he said South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity envisaged 9000 megawatts of nuclear in the power mix.
“It’s a long lead time,” he said. “If you want new capacity in 2023 we would need a decision soon in order to make that.”
Asked what this decision-making would involve, he said a nuclear plant needed a site, which required a significant amount of geotechnical studies.
“South Africa’s fortunate in that Eskom has done a lot of