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China, South Africa sign nuclear energy pact

18 Nov 2015

Nuclear energy regulators in China and South Africa have signed a technical cooperation agreement as Africa’s most industrialised economy presses forward with controversial plans to build eight new nuclear reactors.

The deal, which includes licensing procedures, vendor inspections, inspector training, and joint inspections and technical support, was signed last week in Beijing.

China is competing with Russia, France, the United States and South Korea for the South African nuclear power plant construction program, which is worth up to $50 billion.