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South Africa's $72 billion nuclear project to move in June

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Staff Writer | April 10, 2017
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South Africa's tender for the estimated 1 trillion-rand ($72 billion) expansion of its nuclear power plants will begin in June when state utility Eskom requests proposals from companies bidding for the project, City Press reported.

South Africa, which has Africa's only nuclear power station, wants nuclear power to play the leading role in expanded power generation, easing the country's reliance on an ageing fleet of coal-fired plants. It has asked Eskom to procure an additional 9,600 megawatts (MW) of capacity.

Rebutting the report, national treasury head of communication Yolisa Tyantsi said a meeting with Eskom on March 28 "was not on the state of readiness to procure" more nuclear power.

"National Treasury is not in a position to publicly disclose the discussions," she said.

The City Press reported that an internal Eskom document indicates that the country's nuclear programme will get underway.

According to the document, Eskom will issue requests for proposals in June, set the deadline for bids in September and for evaluation in December. The winning bidder will be decided in March 2018, the newspaper said, and the contract will be signed between December 2018 and March 2019.


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