Energy minister supports nuclear coming online in 2026

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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson at the Gas Options meeting in Cape Town.
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson at the Gas Options meeting in Cape Town.

Cape Town – Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicated on Wednesday that the nuclear new build programme will start coming online by 2026 and that renewable energy cannot be unconstrained.

In a press statement published in Business Report, Joemat-Pettersson said “preliminary results from the carbon budget scenario indicate a significant change in the energy mix and timing, with increased renewables, no new capacity from coal, and nuclear coming online around 2026”.

“This is a most likely scenario given that renewable energy cannot be unconstrained,” she said. “This is because there are network constraints that will limit the extent to which renewable energy can be connected to the electricity distribution grid.

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