South Africa has moved to start a new nuclear power program in a bid to expand its nuclear power capacity in fives.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy published a Request For Information (RFI) for 2,500 megawatts capacity.
According to the ministry, the information will advise on the program’s possible costs, sustainability as well as the ownership structures.
“Given the long lead-time of building additional new nuclear capacity, upfront planning is necessary for security of energy supply to society in the future,” it said.
The country has set a stronger nuclear agenda that it looks to achieve in the next five years. The efforts also include increasing the life of the already existing Koeberg nuclear plant which is located near Cape Town. It also intends to establish a multi-purpose research reactor to replace SAFARI-1 which is located near Johannesburg.
The drive for more nuclear facilities was temporarily halted by the removal of President Jacob Zuma from office in 2018. The programs were considered unattainable following the economic slump that the nation was undergoing.