Protesters at the French and Russian embassies rallying against nuclear energy reactors to be built in South Africa.
China is the latest to sign the same nuclear deal as Russia and France. South Africa is still planning agreements with other countries including Japan as it decides how best to procure as many as 9,600 megawatts of nuclear energy by 2030. The country, which through its state-owned utility has installed capacity of about 42,000 megawatts, is struggling to meet power demand and on Nov. 2 had rolling blackouts, a consequence of decades of underinvestment in generation.
Companies that have expressed interest in building nuclear power plants in South Africa include France’s Areva SA and Electricite de France SA, Westinghouse Electric Corp., a unit of Japan’s Toshiba Corp., Russia’s Rosatom Corp., China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Corp. and Korea Electric Power Corp.
For more information on the demonstration, see the Press Release.
For more information on nuclear deals see nuclear news in South Africa…
For facts on why we should not even consider nuclear energy in South Africa see “Pay more with nuclear” series of research reports by Professor Stephen Thomas.