US agency to finance 2,500MW nuclear plant in South Africa
London, Oct. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A 2,500MW of nuclear power plant is to be developed in South Africa by NuScale Power LLC, a U.S. nuclear energy technology firm with financial support from the United States International Development Finance Corp.
South Africa’s government drafted an economic recovery plan in conjunction with business and labor groups several months ago in a bargaining forum known as the National Economic Development and Labour Council, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
A version of the strategy that was discussed by the cabinet this week, and seen by Bloomberg, includes suggestions to secure reliable energy supply through the construction of new nuclear plants.
The draft envisages R23 billion ($1.4 billion) being allocated to galvanize private investment in infrastructure and R4.5 billion being spent on public transport over the next 12 months, but provides scant detail on where the money will come from.
The DFC, which ended its prohibition on supporting nuclear power in July, signed a letter of intent to support NuScale’s bid for South Africa’s independent power producer program, the development bank said in an emailed statement on Friday. “If successful, NuScale would be the first U.S. nuclear energy IPP on the continent and would help support energy resilience and security in one of Africa’s leading economies,” the DFC said.