Policy & Legislation
Friday, 12 November 2010 12:04

Does SA have enough enriched uranium for a nuclear power plant?

“As much as 50% of South Africa’s electricity can be comprised of nuclear energy,” national planning commission member Bobby Godsell said at a public discussion on energy in Johannesburg.

“Between 10 000 and 20 000 megawatts of the possible 40 000 megawatts the country will need in the future could come from nuclear energy,” said Godsell.

Godsell told delegates that nuclear power plants will be built on South Africa’s coasts and that “people with houses on the coast may not like it”.

Energy Minister Dupuo Peters confirmed that nuclear power will be part of the country’s future power mix, along with renewable energy and coal. Peters also raised his concern about the supply of enriched uranium in South Africa. “China is comsuming more and more African imports of the material. By the time we build this nuclear power plant, we will not be able to afford enriched uranium,” said Peters.

Source: SAPA

 

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