SANBP calls for collaboration between nuclear and renewables

The South African New Nuclear Build Platform (SANBP) congratulated Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for taking the bold step towards a future of a clean, reliable and sustainable energy mix, which will reinvigorate the devastated construction industry and bring economic growth and jobs.

On 26 August, Nersa announced that it would support the Minister’s request for a section 34 Determination (authorisation) under the Electricity Regulation Act and published government policy, to include 2,500MW of nuclear power in the country’s energy mix.

This happened in the week in which the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) held public hearings for Thyspunt in the Eastern Cape as a suitable site for South Africa’s second nuclear plant. 

According to SANBP, economic growth is directly correlated to a reliable, sustainable, low-cost energy supply and to meet global carbon emission standards, we need to move to clean energy sources. South Africa will decommission coal fired plants, providing 24,500MW of electricity, over the next  20  years, states SANBP, adding: “We need the right energy mix to move the country forward and this includes nuclear in line with global trends.”

The proposed Thyspunt site

The Thyspunt site between Cape St Francis and Oyster Bay in the Eastern Cape has been earmarked for South Africa’s nuclear energy expansion programme since 1985.

Eskom has accumulated decades of environmental, seismic, and marine data for the site and many public consultation processes and Environmental Impact Assessments have found no fatal flaws for the development of a nuclear power plant, states SANBP. “The Eastern Cape will benefit from jobs, development and economic activity in an area where unemployment is one of the highest in the country.”

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Source: EsiAfrica

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