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South Africa nuclear site set for green light

Kelvin Kemm
South Africa

Kelvin Kemm is a nuclear physicist and CEO of Nuclear Africa. South Africa will be building a group of new nuclear power stations to add an extra 9 600 MW of nuclear power to the existing approximately 2 000 MW of nuclear power that is currently generated from Koeberg nuclear power station near Cape Town. This is the only nuclear power station in Africa. Why does SA need nuclear? By far the largest portion of South Africa’s electricity is supplied by coal. But there is a snag - all the coal is in the far north east of the country. The distance from Pretoria, near the coal fields, to Cape Town is the same as the distance from Rome to London. Imagine if London drew much of its electricity from Rome. New nuclear power can be located close to where the power is needed.