South Africa shelves nuclear power expansion plans until 2030 – Minister

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South Africa’s government has halted its nuclear power expansion plans until 2030, the energy minister said on Monday.

Jeff Radebe said while releasing the government’s new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in Pretoria that the country would instead mainly expand renewables, gas and hydro power stations.

There were “no plans to increase nuclear until 2030 instead (the government) will mainly expand renewables, gas and hydro power,” Radebe said.

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South Africa has the continent’s only nuclear power station and is seeking to expand its energy mix using wind, solar and coal power capacity in the coming decades.

The policy paper also showed that electricity demand on the grid has been declining.

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