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Cape Town - The South African nuclear regulator said it has received two nuclear installation site license applications from Eskom to build new reactors along the east coast and the west coast.

South Africa, which operates the continent's only nuclear power station, wants to install an additional 9 600 MW of nuclear power by 2030 to overcome chronic electricity shortages that have dented economic growth.

Eskom operates the Koeberg nuclear plant on the west coast near Cape Town, and has been designated as an owner and operator by the government, which plans to issue a request for proposals for the new nuclear fleet by the end of March.

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