Going Nuclear: Govt presses on with its programme

Government says it’s pushing ahead with plans to build nuclear power plants.

FILE: Government said it’s pushing ahead with plans to build nuclear power plants. Picture: Free Images.

CAPE TOWN - Government said it's pushing ahead with plans to build nuclear power plants.

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson on Tuesday delivered her department's budget vote speech in Parliament.

Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson said the cabinet-approved Integrated Resource Plan of 2010 will provide 9,600 megawatts of electricity through nuclear power.

Joemat-Petterson said the procurement of nuclear power would begin in July and said the first unit will be commissioned by 2023.

"The Completed IGAs will be submitted to cabinet for discussion and endorsement next week Wednesday."

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Ian Ollis described Joemat-Petterson's announcement to go ahead with the nuclear programme as confusing and premature.

"She has blocked the RP 2013 update, turned her back on the department's recommendations that nuclear be postponed as you heard this morning."

Ollis claimed only reform of the energy sector will ensure more sustainable electricity supply.