Mantashe: Nuclear energy an option, but not the 'big bang' Zuma wanted

Mantashe: Nuclear energy an option, but not the 'big bang' Zuma wanted

- Minister Gwede Mantashe has revealed the the country will not be taking the same approach to nuclear power as former president Jacob Zuma

- Instead, more affordable options will be considered to introduce nuclear capacity in an affordable way

- This comes as cash-strapped Eskom battles to bolster electricity supply to its ageing fleet of power stations

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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has revealed nuclear energy is back on the cards for South Africa.

Mantashe says that Zuma's 'big bang' approach to building new nuclear power capacity will be passed over in favour of more affordable options.

BusinessLIVE reports that economists have questioned how a large-scale nuclear programme will be supported by a struggling economy.

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However, Mantashe has assured that the country will be taking a sensible approach to the situation:

“It comes back to a resolution we took as a government: not going big bang into nuclear, but going at a pace and price that the country can afford. Go modular, go at a pace and price that the country can afford."

Briefly.co.za reported that Eskom was battling to juggle a crippling debt burden while trying to bolster its ageing fleet of power stations.

Mantashe says that the state's Integrated Resource Plan contained provisions for nuclear energy, but would need to go through approval first, reports HeraldLIVE.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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