Publicity surrounding Russia’s potential involvement in South Africa’s proposed 9,600MW nuclear build programme has intensified.

The South African government has said the procurement process is close to finalised and there is high expectation among bidders that it will go ahead next year. The nuclear build programme includes the construction of three nuclear power plants to supply 9,600MW at the cost of at least R1-trillion, said BDLive.

A series of reports on the country’s official broadcaster Voice of Russia has indicated a deal has been struck to build South Africa’s nuclear power capability while in state-owned Russian corporation, Rosatom, signed an investment memorandum with the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) at a nuclear suppliers forum in Johannesburg.

Voice of Russia said that “Rosatom is prepared to build nuclear power plants in South Africa and set up research centres and train personnel. Russia and South Africa have already reached agreement to that end. Now the agreement should be declared legally valid. The contract is due to be signed on February 15 next year. Rosatom says it is prepared to co-fund the project.”

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