David Nicholls sheds light on Eskom’s nuclear ambitions

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Eskom's chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. (Pic: Chris Yelland)
Eskom's chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. (Pic: Chris Yelland)

In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed ten questions to David Nicholls, Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, to explore issues surrounding Eskom’s proposed new nuclear procurement programme for South Africa, and to try and understand Eskom’s thinking. These are his responses, published below in slightly edited form for compactness.

Please note that questions around financing of the proposed nuclear new-build in SA were specifically excluded from this interview, as this will form part of a subsequent article.

Q1: Please comment on suggestions that the nuclear procurement process followed to date by the Department of Energy (DoE) is secretive, illegal and flawed, and that transparency will worsen under Eskom? 

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