Eskom applies to build a Nuclear Power Station at Thyspunt

South African utility Eskom has submitted site applications for nuclear installations at Thyspunt in the Eastern Cape and Duynefontein in the Western Cape to the country’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR).

Both applications mentioned the applicant’s intention to construct and operate “multiple nuclear installations (power reactors) and associated auxiliary nuclear installations of a plant type and technology not yet identified,” the NNR said.

The regulator will now review the applications to determine their level of compliance with relevant regulations.

The NNR will then decide whether the applications should be accepted for further technical assessments and public comment, or rejected and deferred to the applicant.

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There was expected to be opposition to the development of new nuclear capacity, however.

The Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute had already initiated legal action against the procurement process, while local community groups, such as the Thyspunt Alliance, had been formed to oppose the construction of any new nuclear power stations.

truewan Feb 2016

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