Nuclear power: South Africa shelves expansion plans until 2030


The South African government has halted its nuclear power expansion plans until 2030.

The Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, while speaking on the government’s new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in Pretoria, on Monday disclosed that the country would expand gas and hydro power stations.

“There were no plans to increase nuclear until 2030 instead (the government) will mainly expand renewables, gas and hydro power,” Radebe said.

South Africa has the continent’s only nuclear power station and is seeking to expand its energy mix using wind, solar and coal power capacity in the coming decades.

The policy paper also showed that electricity demand on the grid has been declining.

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