Nuclear procurement will be transparent - Necsa

A proposed deal, that will cost over a trillion rand, will add 9,600 megawatts of power to the power grid.

Nuclear power plant. Picture: Free Images.

CAPE TOWN - The Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) has once again assured the public any purchase of nuclear power deals for the country will be completely transparent.

A proposed deal, that will potentially cost over a trillion rand, will provide 9,600 megawatts of power to the country's power grid.

The project has been controversial with concerns being raised about corruption and the potential damage to South Africa's economy.

But Necsa's Phumzile Tshelane, says government will play open cards.

"It's going to be transparent. We'll have an open procurement process and the public will be aware of how we're dealing with this."

Last month, Treasury was approached to release what were being described as key studies and reports relating to South Africa's plans to build nuclear power plants.

Despite widespread reports that the Treasury has not been adequately included in the exploration of investing in further nuclear energy the Democratic Alliance suggests that may not be the case.