Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
5 minute read
11 Nov 2020
6:00 pm

Mantashe’s new nuclear plan ‘passes the buck’ to future generations, won’t help current crisis

Nica Richards

Nowhere in the IRP for 2019/20 does it state that a new nuclear project will take place. Making way for 2,500 MW of nuclear power is 'the wrong decision, and high risk.' 

Koeberg nuclear plant. Picture: Gallo Images

A request from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) Minister Gwede Mantashe is currently being processed by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Mantashe’s request is to build 2,500 MW of new nuclear capacity in South Africa, after a request for information was published in September.  Nuclear 'unlikely' by 2030 Energy exert Chris Yelland reassured that Mantashe’s draft ministerial determination is only one step of a long process, which means the likelihood of a new nuclear power plant in working order in the country by 2030 is unlikely.  “Nuclear is still a long shot. I wouldn’t...