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South Africa Advocates for Nuclear Energy Expansion at Brussels Summit

Michael Hawthorne

BRUSSELS – South Africa has made a strong case for the increased utilization of nuclear energy during the Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels. The nation’s ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union, Her Excellency Ms. Tokozile Xasa, delivered a statement emphasizing the critical role nuclear power plays in meeting rising energy demands while addressing climate change concerns.

Ambassador Xasa acknowledged the intertwined challenges facing the world, particularly the need for increased energy access in developing countries alongside a shift towards carbon-constrained economies. She highlighted South Africa’s commitment to a diversified energy mix that includes nuclear power, as outlined in the nation’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

The Ambassador reaffirmed the success and safety of South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant, the only operational facility of its kind in Africa. She announced the successful replacement of steam generators, extending the plant’s operational life by 20 years, and ensuring continued energy security.

Furthermore, Ambassador Xasa underlined South Africa’s plans to procure 2,500 megawatts of new nuclear power, with a Request for Proposals expected this year. Leveraging its vast natural resources, the country also intends to produce fuel for Africa’s nuclear power plants while developing its own innovative Pebble Bed Modular Reactor technology.

South Africa’s commitment to nuclear safety was reiterated, emphasizing its adherence to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conventions. The Ambassador also noted the ongoing work of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) in utilizing nuclear technology for national development, including the production of medical radioisotopes and a planned Multi-Purpose Reactor.

In conclusion, Ambassador Xasa called for an enhanced role for nuclear energy in the global energy mix to address both energy demand and climate change.



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