South Africa’s Energy Minister stands in favor of the development of nuclear power in the country

South Africa’s Energy Minister, Dipuo Peters, said at the National Assembly May 14 that the development of nuclear power stations may significantly benefit the country.

The debate regarding nuclear power was generated during discussions of the R6.6 billion her department set for the year.

Peters said the coal-fired power plants in the country would retire and be eliminated around 2023, and she thinks nuclear-generated power is the best replacement option, the Times Live reported.

“Replacement is critical if we are to ensure our energy security,” said Peters. “Nuclear power carries tremendous benefits for South Africa, in terms of the lowest clean baseload levelised cost.”

She also talked about the benefits of nuclear power in haleping to reduce the country’s carbon dioxide emissions and contributing to industrialization and localization.

Peters told the assembly there’s a need to “demystify” nuclear energy and said the department will continue its work to bring nuclear programs to fruition.

If South Africa’s new nuclear build program is approved by the government it will add an additional 9,600 megawatts to the national grid by 2023, according to Times Live.


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