27 firms express interest in Eskom nuclear programme
The project seeks to provide 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear power at a cost of an estimated R1 trillion.
CAPE TOWN - At least 27 companies have notified Eskom of their interest in participating in the first stage of the nuclear new build programme.
The project seeks to provide 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear power at a cost of an estimated R1 trillion by 2030.
Some lobby groups have accused government of corruption, saying a deal has already been made with Russian state-owned company Rosatom.
Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe has described the interest as a good turnout.
“South Africa has found a memorandum of understanding with five countries, these include China and the USA. The countries that have shown interest all come from these areas.”
He says there has been interest from Russia as well.
“Rosatom has said that they will submit their proposal.”
The official tender is only expected to be released in the second half of the year following the conclusion of the request for information (RFI) process in April.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)