OUTA opposes the proposal to build a new nuclear power station

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy wants to build a new nuclear power station.

This isn't in South Africa's energy plan (the Integrated Resource Plan 2019, published in October 2019), but the department says it wants to start procurement now so that a new nuclear power station will come online after 2030.

OUTA opposes this.

The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, has sent a determination, in terms of section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act, proposing to procure 2 500 MW of new nuclear power. Section 34 gives the minister authority to determine from which types of energy sources electricity may be produced, the quantity thereof and authority to determine who may sell and purchase such electricity. 

The minister's determination to buy nuclear power is now before the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), which must make a final decision on whether this should go ahead.

Make your voice heard!

In November 2020, NERSA invited public comment on whether it should approve the minister's determination.

By adding your submission to the long list of nuclear power station objections from many other people and organisations, NERSA will be pressured to listen to the voices of the people and stop considering nuclear as a solution to South Africa's power problem.  Please use the power of your voice and send your written submissions to NERSA by Friday, 5 February 2021 on irp-procurement.newcap@nersa.org.za.

The NERSA invitation to comment is here.

The Minister's determination is here.

The NERSA consultation paper is here.

OUTA's submission is here.

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The minister's determination proposes to "commence the process to procure the new nuclear energy generation capacity of 2 500 MW".

The generator will be Eskom or any other organ of state or in partnership with a business.

The buyer of the electricity will be Eskom, or any entity designated as the buyer of electricity after Eskom unbundles.

The procurer (the buyer) of the new nuclear power station will be the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, or another organ of state, or in partnership with a business.

The procurer will determine the procurement process.

The copy of the minister's determination which NERSA released is signed by Minister Gwede Mantashe, but not dated. It now awaits approval by NERSA.

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