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There is no 'nuclear deal', says Joemat-Pettersson

Aug 17 2016 19:14

Cape Town - South Africa is pursuing a diversified energy mix, Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Wednesday.

This includes Independent Power Producers and the Nuclear New Build Programme in support of the government's programme of economic growth and development.

"Again we must emphasise that there is no 'nuclear deal'", said Joemat-Pettersson in a statement.  "We remain firmly committed to an above board, fair and transparent procurement process with due regard to the scale, pace and price of the programme."

Joemat-Pettersson said the department of energy functions within the policy framework of government, adding that ministers and officials within departments do not operate or work outside the framework of agreed government policy.  

"All programmes and interventions by the DoE are premised on approved government decisions as outlined in Energy Policy and the Cabinet approved Integrated Resource Plan."

She said these include work on all energy sources such as renewable energy, coal, gas and nuclear.

"We further wish to reiterate that we implement programmes in compliance with the relevant guidelines and legislation, as demonstrated by our highly successfully Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme."

There will shortly be announcements on the expedited round for Renewable Energy projects as well Requests For Proposals for the coal and gas IPP projects.

The RFP, in terms of the decision of Cabinet on December 9 2015, for the Nuclear New Build Programme will also be released in compliance with the approved cabinet directive, said Joemat-Pettersson.

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