South Africa’s government has slowed its nuclear power expansion plans, according to a draft energy paper, although state energy utility Eskom said the country should stick to its original plan of bringing a new plant online by 2025. South Africa has the continent’s only nuclear power station and is seeking to expand its nuclear, wind, solar and coal power capacity in the coming decades as electricity output barely meets demand. A draft blueprint of the government’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) said it now aimed to increase nuclear power output by just 1,359 megawatts (MW) by 2037, compared with a previous target of adding 9,600 MW of new nuclear power by 2030.
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South Africa will postpone building nuclear power stations until the 2030s, providing a boost to a Treasury that is struggling to rein in big spending projects and avoid the country’s credit rating being downgraded to junk status. President Jacob Zuma’s insistence that the cash-strapped government press ahead with the nuclear plans triggered widespread criticism and was perceived to be at the heart of his battle with Treasury officials. On Tuesday the government announced that the first South African nuclear reactor to be built since the 1980s would only come online in 2037. Earlier plans suggested the new reactors would begin generating atomic power as soon as 2023.
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