KZN to get a piece of R1 trillion nuke deal

2015-07-15 09:43
Phumzile Tshelane the CEO of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) with Zizamele Mbambo the Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy in the Department of Energy.

Phumzile Tshelane the CEO of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) with Zizamele Mbambo the Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy in the Department of Energy. (File)

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KWAZULU-NATAL will be one of the sites of some of the several nuclear plants to be built in the country in the nuclear mega deal announced yesterday.

Zizamele Mbambo, the deputy director-general of nuclear energy, said, “We are definitely investigating sites in KwaZulu-Natal.”

He was speaking to The Witness in a telephonic interview following a press conference in Durban yesterday where the details of the deal estimated to be worth around R1 trillion were revealed.

“We have just held a press conference to announce the details. Remember, there will be six to eight nuclear plants that will be built. Some will be in the Western Cape and some in the Eastern Cape and we are now investigating sites in KZN,” he said.

Asked where in KwaZulu-Natal these could be built, he was not specific but said they would be along the coast.

“That is why KwaZulu-Natal together with the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape are ideal for the project because of the coastal line.

“The current size of each plant suggests it will produce between 1 000 and 12 000 megawatts of power,” he said.

He said other than energy, the building of the plants will create immense employment opportunities.
“This will create many other industries,” he said.

Mbambo trold the Durban press conference the bidding process for the strategic partner would begin within a month.

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