Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation has announced an agreement with South Africa for a large-scale nuclear power plant development in the country.
The project has plans to procure 9.6 GW of nuclear power by 2030, confirming South Africa’s commitment to nuclear energy.
Three potential sites for the nuclear power stations have been put forward and detailed studies on their suitability have been carried out. The sites include Koeberg, Gansbaai and Thyspunt.
Rosatom director-general Sergey Kirienko said that the deal was based on the construction of new nuclear power plants with Russian VVER reactors with total installed capacity of up to 9.6GW. A VVER reactor is Russia’s version of a pressurised water reactor and would be the first nuclear power plant based on Russian technology built in South Africa.
These new projects will contribute to the creation of a new skilled workforce in South Africa and thousands of new jobs will be on offer.