SA signs nuclear energy deal with China

2014-11-07 17:33

China and South Africa have laid the foundation for possible use of Chinese nuclear technology in this country.

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and her Chinese counterpart Wu Xinxiong signed an inter-governmental framework on nuclear co-operation, said the energy department today.

“The agreement initiates the preparatory phase for a possible utilisation of Chinese nuclear technology in South Africa,” said the department.

This was part of the government’s efforts, outlined in the Integrated Resource Plan 2010-2030, to expand nuclear power generation by an additional 9.6GW.

The project would build on existing bilateral co-operation between the two nations, especially in the field of nuclear energy.

“We will be looking for significant localisation that can contribute to broad industrialisation and the development of a thriving knowledge economy in South Africa”, said Joemat-Pettersson.

She said the nuclear new build programme would create jobs, develop skills, and revitalise the country’s nuclear industry.

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