Friday, 18 October 2019 11:47

Cabinet has approved the Integrated Resource Plan on Thursday and It comes at a time when the country is grappling with rotational load-shedding.

Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe has told a media briefing this morning that South Africa is not planning large nuclear units, but smaller, modular nuclear plants.

These interventions included:
  • Government will immediately start a nuclear build programme to add 2 500MW of power “because it is a no-regret option in the long term”.
  • The Koeberg nuclear power plant will be extended by another 20 years. The Koeberg plant was supposed to reach its end of life by 2024.
  • Government will immediately start to buy power from private suppliers.

The plan also refers to the changing role of state owned entity, Eskom, as its generation, transmission and distribution functions will be separated.