South Africa will have to wait for more months in order to relaunch its affordable energy programme. Formalised in 2010, the project for the construction of about six to eight reactors with a capacity of 9,600MW is now being considered as an expected, yet difficult to be achieved, dream.
South Africa’s energy minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, had promised that the call for tenders will be launched on 30 September, but this was not done as promised. The energy minister’s office has said it needs to complete information gathering on the project, but environmental experts are against the move.
“Nuclear is never safe, but it’s also hugely expensive and takes a very long time to deliver. What South Africa needs, is electricity that is affordable but also can deliver in a very short time frame. So, as far as Greenpeace is concerned, the decision to invest in nuclear is not a rational one. And it’s not based on providing affordable, accessible electricity either,” Green Peace energy official, Melita Steele, said.
Source: Africa News