France confident SA nuke power build will push ahead

Johannesburg – France remains confident the South African government will go ahead with its project to build 9 600 megawatts of extra nuclear power generation – despite the huge political controversy surrounding the plans.

Dr. Pascal Colombani, Special Envoy of French President Francois Hollande for the nuclear partnership with South Africa, expects the long-awaited invitation from Pretoria to nuclear countries to submit their bids, to come anytime between now and Spring.

He said in Johannesburg on Monday France had expected this “Request for Proposals (RFPs)” to be issued to France and the other bidding countries by the end of March or beginning of April.

The South African nuclear proposal, which envisages up to 9,600 megawatts of extra electricity being generated by between six and eight new reactors, has reportedly been caught up in the political feud between President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan who reputedly believes the country cannot afford it.

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