Coal, New Projects, Reactors

S. Africa plans new nuclear reactors after 2020

South Africa expects to have operational nuclear power plants after the year 2020.

South Africa plans to add 9,600-MW of nuclear capacity to reduce its reliance on coal, according to Bloomberg. Coal currently provides more than 90 percent of it’s power. Areva, EDF S.A., Westinghouse Electric, China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Corp., Rosatom and Korea Electric Power Corp. have all expressed interest in building new nuclear in South Africa, the article said.

The Energy Ministry published a revised 20-year energy plan that predicted nuclear capacity would not be needed until at least 2025, the article said. South Africa is home to the 1,800-MW Koeberg nuclear power plant operated by state-run company Eskom Holdings SOC.

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