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Necsa: No procurement deals to build SA's next nuclear power station

Nuclear Energy Corporation board chairperson Kelvin Kemm said there were many misconceptions about the country’s nuclear build programme.

FILE: Nuclear Energy Corporation board chairperson Kelvin Kemm. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) said that there was no deal just yet to build South Africa’s next nuclear power station.

Speaking to Parliament’s energy committee on Tuesday, board chairperson Kelvin Kemm said there were many misconceptions about the country’s nuclear build programme.

He said that a High Court ruling, setting aside government’s cooperation agreements with five nations, also had no material effect in government proceeding with its plans to expand its nuclear power capacity.

Amid speculation that Energy Minister David Mahlobo was looking to expedite the country’s nuclear build programme, Kemm added that talks with foreign nations extended only to technical issues.

“They said secret procurement deals were initiated, there’s no such thing that I’m aware of. There are no procurement deals.”

He said at least half the work needed for the new nuclear station should be done by South Africans.

“It’s a completely inaccurate picture. I imagine we’re going to be sending a big lump of money out of the country for somebody else to arrive here to pour concrete and things like that.”

Kemm added that Necsa was ready to issue a call for proposals, which would put a more accurate price tag on the project.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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