Government delays nuclear power procurement

Nuclear power procurement delays are nothing to be concerned about, but are due to 'administrative delay and carefully considered play'. This according to chairman of the Nuclear Energy Corporation and advisor to the Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Peterson, Dr. Kelvin Kemm.

Today Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced that government will not be issuing a call for proposals for its nuclear power expansion programme. This is to allow for more time for consultations.

This could mean shifting responsibility for the project from the Department of Energy to Eskom.

Asked about affordability for South Africa, Kemm said that issue was discussed from day one of planning.

From day one when the engineers sat down, they said the selling price of electricity must be about the same price as the selling price of electricity for coal now. When people tell you they don't know what the price of electricity is going to be they are just playing around.

Dr. Kelvin Kemm, chairman of the Nuclear Energy Corporation and advisor to Minister of Energy

Scientists in the country have worked a figure of R650 billion. Some foreign consultants in London have worked a maximum figure of R800 billion.

Dr. Kelvin Kemm, chairman of the Nuclear Energy Corporation and advisor to Minister of Energy

Kumi Naidoo, Africans Rising for the Future chairperson and former Greenpeace head, raises concerns with government's nuclear plans.

We must remind ourselves that the same thing happened with the armed deal. We were told these are the costs and will deliver jobs, but it escalated tremendously in terms of costs and didn't deliver jobs.

Kumi Naidoo, Africans Rising for the Future chairperson and former Greenpeace head

If we do care about our people in rural areas and various other communities who are energy poor, what is not being said is that to build a nuclear plant before it delivers one units of energy optimistically it will take us about 10 years.

Kumi Naidoo, Africans Rising for the Future chairperson and former Greenpeace head

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