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Eskom: We're ready for nuclear project

Eskom says it's learned from errors made during the construction of the Medupi and Kusile stations.

Medupi Power Station Unit 6. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it has learned many lessons from its current build programme, which it will apply during its involvement in the nuclear project.

Speaking at the Nuclear Africa 2016 Summit today, the power utility says it's learned from errors made during the construction of the Medupi and Kusile coal stations.

The parastatal has already applied for two site license applications, to build nuclear plants along the coast.

Eskom's chief nuclear officer Dave Nichols says several lessons have been learned.

"Some lessons were made with the front end planning, cost projections, upfront labels and stakeholder management."

He says the two applications made to the National Energy Regulator will allow Eskom to confirm the viability of the identified nuclear sites.

"Eskom is excited about this new era."

Eskom is expected to spend R324 billion within the next five years on new power stations.