Explainer: The government's plan to keep South Africa powered

Explainer: The government's plan to keep South Africa powered

- The Integrated Resource Plan has been revived in a last-ditch attempt by the state to revive SA's power grid

- With Eskom forcing the nation into load-shedding once more, the pressure is on to find a sustainable alternative

- Briefly.co.za explains what the government's plan to power Mzasni entails

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The Integrated Resource Plan has been brought back from the dead in a desperate attempt to prevent South Africa from plunging into total darkness.

Briefly.co.za reported that technical difficulties had seen the nation enduring load-shedding, with minimal notice.

Eskom interim CEO Jabu Mabuza apologized to the country, but the last time we checked apologies aren't a sustainable energy source.

The state has highlighted that the IRP is simply a plan that 'directs the expansion of the electricity supply over the given period'.

Over the last few years, Eskom has been struggling to stabilize the power grid, despite ongoing tariff hikes and all the expert panels the utility can ask for.

READ ALSO: Explainer: Why load-shedding is back to torment South Africans

So what is this so-called Integrated Resource Plan?

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has explained that South Africa will begin looking into nuclear energy.

Mantashe admitted that the Medupi and Kusile power stations were going to be around for a while, and the intention is to collaborate the coal stations with nuclear plants:

“15 power stations in South Africa are coal-generated power stations and they are not going to be decommissioned two, three or five years. They are going to be around for a long time, but there are those that are going to be decommissioned because they have come to the end of their lives."

Koeberg is one of the power stations that is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, due to kick the bucket in 2024.

The South African reports that the minister has revealed plans to extend its lifeline by another two decades.

Part of the plan, explained Mantashe, was to contain coal emissions, with the continued output of coal-generated electricity, while adding 2 500MW to the grid with nuclear plants.

Together with input from independent power producers, this forms the basis of the Integrated Resource Plan.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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