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Vol 43 No 22

Published 8th November 2002

South Africa

A nuclear waste

Eskom's nuclear programme appeals to national pride, but it may not succeed

The power utility Eskom has asked the cabinet for 1 billion rand (US$100 million) to back a new nuclear research programme which it claims will launch the country into the ranks of the global energy producers (AC Vol 43 No 20). The normally hard-headed Eskom's claims are extraordinary ­ 500,000 jobs, and some R20 bn. in exports every year, and that South Africa would patent and sell its pebble-bed modular reactors (PBMR) across the world. Once the technical and environmental studies are complete, there are plans to build a demonstration reactor next year at Koeberg, site of an existing nuclear reactor.

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