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NERSA Seeks Comment on New Nuclear Power

November 24, 2020

National Energy Regulator

The National Energy Regulator (NERSA) has, in Government Gazette 43926, called for comment on the Ministerial Determination on the procurement of 2 500MW new generation capacity from nuclear.

NERSA is required to provide concurrence on the Section 34 determination before procurement can get under way.

According to Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act, NERSA is “required to appropriately apply its regulatory reviews and make a decision prior to the conclusion of the determination process by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy”.

The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 calls for new nuclear energy generation capacity of 2 500MW to be procured at a pace and scale that the country can afford.

According to NERSA, the plan is for the new nuclear generation capacity to reach commercial operation beyond 2030.

“The capacity is to provide clean baseload capacity in response to the approximately 24 100MW of coal capacity being decommissioned as well as to maintain supply demand balance and improve energy security”.

NERSA points out that all comments received will be taken into consideration when the decision to concur with the Ministerial Determination is made.

Public hearings are also on the cards in 2021.

Comment is invited until 5 February 2021.