South Africa’s plan to build nuclear power plants will go ahead, with the nation’s cabinet “poised to make a decision” on the way forward soon, the head of the country’s atomic energy company said, according to Bloomberg.
“It will go ahead – we do not have an option,” Nuclear Energy Corp. of South Africa Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Phumzile Tshelane said on Johannesburg-based Talk Radio 702 on Wednesday. The country’s two choices to increase continuous power are coal and nuclear, as other methods are not viable given the deteriorating climate, he said.
The country has signed nuclear cooperation accords with Russia, China, France the US, Japan and South Korea, and it’s awaiting signature of a similar agreement with Canada, Tshelane said.
Meanwhile, Brian Molefe, the chief operating officer of Eskom –the nation’s electric public utility – said on Wednesday it was both urgent and feasible for South Africa to obtain more nuclear plants.
“We think that a nuclear program is feasible in South Africa because nuclear plants typically have a life of beyond 60 years” he added, according to ENCA.