EXPLAINER | Nuke kids on the block: State's revived nuclear power station plans kick off

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Eskom's Koeberg nuclear power station outside Cape Town.
Eskom's Koeberg nuclear power station outside Cape Town.
Jay Caboz

Four years after a landmark court ruling torpedoed ambitious plans to build a fleet of new nuclear power plants, the Department of Energy is gearing up for a revived nuclear procurement programme that may see one or more nuclear reactors commissioned sometime after 2030.

While the new initiative is more modest than the controversial 9 600 MW mega project that gained prominence under former president Jacob Zuma, the plan still involves more than doubling SA's nuclear power capacity from 1 800 MW to 4 300 MW by adding an additional 2 500 MW.

The Department of Energy plans to finish the procurement process for the new build by 2024, paving the way for construction to start.

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