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Energy dept comparing nuclear power to other technologies

The energy minister says SA won’t rush into any nuclear deal without comparing it to other technologies.

FILE: The energy minister says the cost of the controversial nuclear project has not been determined. Picture: Free images.

PRETORIA - Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says cost comparisons are being done to determine whether nuclear power is the best solution for South Africa.

She also says the cost of the controversial nuclear project has not been determined and no country has been chosen to supply the plants.

The agreements South Africa signed with several countries that are in the race for the nuclear business is due to be discussed in Parliament on Tuesday.

Joemat-Pettersson says South Africa won't rush into any nuclear deal without first comparing it with other technologies.

"Treasury has to say that within the national development plan we were given the task to do certain investigations and all of that has to come together. So we are in no rush to take decisions."

She says the process will be transparent and cost effective.

But critics of nuclear energy raise concerns not only about safety and potential environmental damage, but ballooning costs and construction delays.

She's reiterated that no country has been chosen to build the nuclear plants.

"There's nothing secretive about the process; it will be transparent.

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