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Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe says South Africa no longer has an agreement with the Russians to procure for the development of nuclear energy for the country.
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and South Africa’s stalled nuclear procurement programme will feature prominently at the African Utility Week in Cape Town this week.
The government has come under fire for tabling treaties in Parliament without debate as an application over its nuclear deal with Russia continues in the Western Cape High Court.
A closed meeting on the nuclear build plan reinforces the perception that government has something to hide, says lobby group Safcei.
Renewable energy will also cost in excess of R1 trillion and it’s up to Eskom to say if its balance sheet can afford it, says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.
South Africans know how to run nuclear reactors – we know about refuelling, repairs and maintenance – so we’re in a perfect position to welcome the infrastructure.
The Department of Energy has declined to divulge any information on what appears to be the first contract for South Africa's nuclear build programme.
The nuclear procurement programme will officially begin on September 30, amid a court case against the process and as rating agencies watch spending plans.
Eskom has taken credit for accelerating the number of households connected to the power grid, after Stats SA revealed levels increased to 85.5% in 2015.
The government has failed to submit answering affidavits in its court case with activists regarding the non-submission of its Russian nuclear deal to Parliament.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has told reporters in Davos that South Africa has excess power and no money to go for a major nuclear plant building.
While Eskom is set on having a nuclear power station operational by 2025, the issue of financing a major infrastructure project has been top of mind.
The South African government is under no obligation to get public approval for a nuclear agreement it signed with Russia, the Western Cape High Court has heard.
Eskom’s long-standing relationship with French energy company may rain on the Russians’ parade.
A key official says 'facts' in government's policy make nuclear a part of the energy mix and puts gas usage into question.
Nuclear tendering will likely consume political capital into year-end as it grinds forwards, says an emerging markets economist.
Civil society has moved a step closer in its drawn out court action to have the nuclear deal set aside with the submission of its replying affidavit.
Chris Yelland draws an analysis to establish the levelised cost of electricity from the proposed 9.6 GW new nuclear build programme in SA under various assumptions.
Former Greenpeace director Kumi Naidoo says millions of South Africans living without electricity cannot wait 10 to15 years for the nuclear procurement plan to roll out.
Energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says government will stick to a nuclear build programme it can afford and make sure the process is free of any corruption.
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