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CSIR proposes electricity mix for IRP 2016 which excludes nuclear power

For the latest Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity in South Africa, IRP 2016, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) proposes a “Least Cost”, unconstrained scenario, or a “Decarbonised” scenario, both of which exclude nuclear power in the electricity mix to 2050. This is an executive summary of its full submission and response to […]

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Eskom will be unable to get the nuclear package it has promised the nation

By Professor Emeritus Steve Thomas This article was published in Business Day Live Utility cannot square the circle of financing, timing and electricity cost without being someone’s guinea pig After the latest failure in September of the South African government to issue a request for proposal for new nuclear power plants, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson […]

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Revealed: The CSIR’s outlook for South Africa’s future electricity mix

By Chris Yelland, published in the Daily Maverick In the absence of an update to the outdated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2010-2030, the CSIR Energy Centre has presented its own study to re-optimise the South African power capacity and energy mix from 2016 to 2040. By CHRIS YELLAND, investigative editor, EE Publishers. The […]

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Tail wagging the dog

Eskom’s position regarding the advent of renewable energy is worrisome. Alarm bells rang when we heard of the call by the utility for a halt to further renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs). Does this signal a preference for the more costly nuclear build programme? South Africa has taken a policy decision to invest in renewables. This […]

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Is Eskom building a case for nuclear power?

By Saliem Fakir Published in BDLive IT IS disconcerting that Eskom is advising the government to freeze a globally acclaimed renewable energy programme based on a perceived misunderstanding of the benefits of the renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) programme. Eskom has justified its recent announcement not to sign further power purchase agreements with independent […]

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Russian-linked consultancy among advisers on nuclear build

By Carol Paton This article appeared in BDLive THE procurement process to build nuclear power plants has begun to gather pace with the appointment of transaction advisers last month, including global consultancy WorleyParsons, a company with a close working relationship with Russian nuclear vendor Rosatom. The process is highly sensitive and every move by the […]

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