South Africa intends to start developing a plan for a new 2500MWe nuclear power plant, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told parliament. Officials had indicated in 2019 that the government was considering adding more nuclear capacity in the long term, after abandoning in 2018 an ambitious nuclear expansion project supported by former president Jacob Zuma. Analysts had expressed concern about Zuma’s project for a fleet of nuclear plants totalling 9600MWe arguing that it would put additional strain on public finances at a time of credit rating downgrades. Power company Eskom currently operates one nuclear plant at Koeberg, with two pressurised reactor units which began operation in 1984 and 1985 and has a total capacity of around 1900MWe.
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