SA to start nuclear procurement process

SA to start nuclear procurement process

2014-12-17 12:46

Johannesburg - A "critical milestone" has been reached in South Africa's plans to build new nuclear power stations, the presidency announced on Wednesday.

It said in a statement the government continues to make significant progress in its engagements with various prospective nuclear vendor countries as part of the process towards the implementation of the expansion in the nuclear new build programme, as per the stated requirement for energy security based on a sustainable energy mix.

"This programme is premised on the Nuclear Energy Policy of 2008, the Nuclear Energy Act 46 of 1999 and the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) adopted in 2011," the presidency said.

"Similarly, the National Development Plan (NDP) enjoins us to do thorough investigations on various aspects of the nuclear power generation programme before a procurement decision is taken. These policy prescripts are meant to add 9 600 megawatts of electricity to the national electricity grid and ensure that we keep the lights on in a sustainable manner."

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Recently, government held consultations with a number of nuclear vendor countries including the United States of America, South Korea, Russia, France, Japan and China. These are the countries that have pressurised water reactor nuclear technology, similar to the Koeberg nuclear power plant, situated in the Western Cape.

"South Africa has been safely using this technology for the past 30 years," said the presidency.

As part of the pre-procurement phase and preparation for the roll out of the nuclear new build programme, government has entered into several negotiations with vendor countries and has recently signed inter-governmental framework agreements with the Russian Federation, French Republic and People's Republic of China.

South Africa has also signed agreements with the USA and South Korea. These agreements set out potential frameworks of cooperation that each country foresees where or how they can participate in South Africa's new nuclear build programme.

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They also mark the initiation of the preparatory stage for the procurement process that will be undertaken in line with country's legislation and policies.

"Parallel to this work and as part of the preparatory phase, government successfully concluded the nuclear vendor parade workshops with delegations from China, France, South Korea, the United States of America, and Russian Federation during the period October-November 2014," said the presidency.

The nuclear vendor parade workshops entail vendor countries presenting their nuclear technology offerings. The platform was created for vendor countries to showcase and demonstrate their capabilities on how, if chosen, they plan to meet South Africa's needs for the nuclear build programme, including the required 9 600 MW nuclear power capacity. The vendor parade workshops form part of government's technical investigation in preparation for a procurement decision.

"Government remains committed to ensure energy security for the country, through the roll out of the nuclear new build programme as an integral part of the energy mix. Government also remains committed to ensuring the provision of reliable and sustainable electricity supply, as part of mitigating the risk of carbon emissions," said the presidency.

"The nuclear new build programme will create a massive infrastructure development, thus stimulating the economy and enable the country to create thousands of high quality jobs for engineers, scientists, artisans, technicians and various other professions, develop skills and create sustainable industries, and catapult the country into a knowledge economy."

The presidency said government remains committed to a procurement process that is in line with SA's legislation and policies.

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  • Harry Bomby - 2014-12-17 12:48

    See what Germany is doing.

      Assis Pontes - 2014-12-17 19:03

      At the end of the day it will be the end-users who will have to pay for excessive electricity costs so that the new nuclear stations can get back a decent return. Eskom barely can afford it's current capital projects.

  • Mike Heyns - 2014-12-17 13:17

    NUCLEAR: Mdupi and Kuseli power stations (still awaiting completion and operation) are constructed at R.5trillion. Between both they should generate 10GW of electricity. As per the announcement of our “dear” number spear, a third coal generating plant, Coal 3, will be fast forwarded now. (Another R250bn?) These coal plants are expected to sustain for approx. 50 years. He also claimed that SA would not require to look for alternative sources for another 11 years (according to professionals, even much later). This was despite clear warnings over its cost and strong arguments from both the National Planning Commission and the Department of Energy over the past year that this should be delayed. Now 3 months later we urgently require nuclear energy at R1trn for generating also 10GW. Expected sustainability slightly longer by 10 years over coal (if maintained according to the manuals).The expected final cost for the nuclear energy as envisaged is at R8trn (nuclear Physicists , which, looking at escalations of other plants not even completed, started about the same). Though nuclear power has less “carbon emissions”, do NOT expect a discount on the taxes still to be invoked! In fact, it is been widely announced that the tariffs will double when in operation! Electricity costs (for me) over the past 3 years escalated over 100%, without any power stations completed. Yet, we wonder why the rand is losing value?

      james.speirs.7524 - 2014-12-17 13:55

      HAHAHAHA this is the biggest load of crap I've EVER read! Next time you talk about "facts" get your own facts straight lad...

      Mike Heyns - 2014-12-17 14:01

      @James: Pardon my ignorance friend, but what are you referring to if I may ask?

      Tanya Dixon - 2014-12-17 18:09

      Goid summary Mike, I don't know whether to laugh hysterically or cry hysterically

  • Mike Heyns - 2014-12-17 13:24

    How much is a trillion rand? Well, I know a Southern African country who's annual budget is just over a Trillion Rand for running a complete nation with infra-structure(corruption and VAT included) for 2015/2016!!

      b.agnostic - 2014-12-17 15:30

      I like to think of it like this. If Jesus receiver R 1 360 000 each day since the day he was born up to the present year you will have that amount!

      b.agnostic - 2014-12-17 15:30


  • Stefan Buys - 2014-12-17 13:24

    And in 2-5 years from now, a commission of inquiry similar to the arms deal will be tasked to investigate irregularities, fraud, etc. I would advise to look for money stashed away in the chicken run at Nkandla.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-12-17 13:26

      Stefan, this deal is going to make the "Arms Deal" look like a kindergarten party!!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-12-17 13:31

    Who is going to run these places?. Surely not those that can't even keep a diesel run generator working.

  • Pieternella VandeKaap - 2014-12-17 13:36

    Pray, people. Pray. They stuff up Eskom; we have no electricity. Let these clowns mess around with nuclear power; we have death and destruction. All for the sake of a few dollars more in Zuma's criminal pocket. Yep. Pray, people.

  • Steven Adamson - 2014-12-17 13:44

    Hope DA puts an end to the "secret deal"

  • Theo Ferreira - 2014-12-17 13:45

    Countries that possess this technology..... What about South Africa?? We have that technology. We built Koeberg at the height of apartheid you morons. Well done, twenty years of brain drain. Hahahahahahahhahahhjahahhaha

  • Theo Ferreira - 2014-12-17 13:48

    So bloody stupid they make a std 4 person president who can't even read numbers properly yet so eager to import knowledge when there is anything more challenging than a wire fence to be designed. All the while marginalising the Afrikaner who built everything around them as if we are immediately idiotic happenstance.

  • Craig Wilson - 2014-12-17 14:21

    They can't run diesel or coal stations now they want nuclear. Chernobyl Africa anyone?!

  • Duncan Meyer - 2014-12-17 14:39

    I hate Zuma

      Neo Powane - 2014-12-17 14:51

      I respect u 4 wht u a saying hate him 2

  • Duncan Meyer - 2014-12-17 14:40

    Chernobyle all over again

      Stephen Paine - 2014-12-17 15:08

      Ffs, it's a different type of reactor. Educate yourself before making stupid statements. Koeberg cannot meltdown like chernobyle and any new one SA builds won't either. The lack of public knowledge about nuclear power is the saddest part of this whole ordeal. Stop spreading FUD.

      Pat Bam - 2014-12-17 18:15

      @Stephen Paine Koeberg absolutely can meltdown. If the cooling is stopped the reactor will overheat. Same applies to the proposed new reactors.

      Stephen Paine - 2014-12-18 13:14

      Aaarrrgghhh, I said it cannot meltdown like chernobyle. They are different fission reactors. Everyone jumps on this chernobyle bandwagon because they have absolutely zero knowledge of the subject. Seriously, do some research before you post uninformed statements.

      Pat Bam - 2014-12-20 13:17

      Well Ok, a meltdown at Koeberg will not be exactly like Chernobyl. But the comparison is valid. Actually, a worst case accident at Koeberg could be far worse than Chernobyl. Koeberg has less Graphite but more Zirconium and Hydrogen so potentially less fire but bigger explosions. Koeberg has more spent fuel on site and much bigger reactors with more hot uranium so potentially much more radiation and we have millions more people living in the fallout area. And of course compared to rural Ukraine the greater Cape Town has vastly more valuable property that could be abandoned for centuries.

  • Marcel De Graaf - 2014-12-17 14:57

    Seems like this is going to happen whether we like it or not. So, in that case, just build the damn thing far away from me. "Unforseen technical problems" with have a far greater effect than a coal fired power plant.

  • Tom Bajkay - 2014-12-17 15:22

    Our government the ultimate BS artists.

  • Abrian Cupido - 2014-12-17 17:57

    Eskom is deliberately doing blackouts to promote this nuclear deal. I think bigger plot here

  • Frank Rita Vennard - 2015-02-17 13:27

    How can you possibly justify Nuclear Power Stations(backhanders aside) when Wind Turbines and Solar Power Stations are a fraction of the cost,and could be online in 3 NOT 10 years.Furthermore ,the power supply is then free,no spent fuel to polute the earth for 1000`s of years,and the ability to service individual units -NOT SHUT DOWN THE WHOLE DAMN POWER STATION!!

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