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Critics argue that this is too much to spend for a country

where the economy is fragile and political turbulence is

worrying investors. The counterargument is that the LCOE

for other forms of energy is in the same range as nuclear

and that South Africa is already losing money through

power outages and slowed industrial growth. Eskom

published figures last year claiming a net loss to the

economy of around $ 700 m in 2016 as a result of its

renewable power purchases from producers.

“If these [nuclear plants] are not built, instability of

electricity supply and rising prices will slow economic

growth, and this will come with increasing poverty and

political instability,” says Rob Jeffrey, an independent

energy economist.

While Eskom has commissioned dozens of private

renewable projects to provide wind, solar and other forms

of energy, these will never provide enough electricity,

Mr ,Jeffrey says. “Wind only supplies electricity at best on

average 34 % of the time. It is highly variable, unreliable

and unpredictable. Solar is only available to generate

electricity on average 26 % of the time.

For Africa’s only true industrial economy, the outages

have been devastating. In just one quarter during 2015

when power cuts were at their height, the South African

economy contracted 14 %, according to Bloomberg.

From debates around the upfront costs of three new

plants to media claims of foreign influence over the bidding

process, the battle to expand South Africa’s industry is

likely to offer lessons for countries across the continent.

“Nuclear in the long term has low costs as you amortise

the plant,” Phumzile Tshelane, chief executive of the

government-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation

(NECSA), told African Business. “If African countries

are going to leapfrog to much more profitable economic

development, they will have to choose sources of energy

that are relatively cheap in the long term. I believe that

when you look at the lifecycle costs, nuclear is cheaper.”

One thing does seem certain. If Africa starts to commission

new nuclear reactors, China and Russia, and their

affiliated state-run enterprises, will be at the front of the

queue to provide the technology. Scott Firsing, an international

relations and security expert focusing on foreign

power involvement in Africa, says their interest is linked to

the projection of strategic power and investment into

Africa, but also to secure access to uranium reserves.

“Together, China and Russia are leading the drive for

global energy security. At the same time they are solidifying

their overall political and trade relationships with African

countries and their leaders.”

Author

NucNet

The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency

Editor responsible for this story: David Dalton

Editor in Chief, NucNet

Avenue des Arts 56

1000 Brussels, Belgium

www.nucnet.org

DATF EDITORIAL NOTES

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New Poster

Notes

Nuclear Energy in Germany

The DAtF has published the new poster Nuclear Energy in Germany

| Status: February 2018. This poster is not just an update to the

January 2017 edition of Nuclear Power in Germany concerning the

status of NPPs, waste disposal and of selected interim storage

facilities but is a new product consolidating other maps into one.

The poster now features research reactors, a more comprehensive

overview on interim storage and conditioning facilities and state

collection centers for radioactive waste from medicine, research and

industry.

3 It can be downloaded and ordered at kernenergie.de.

Kernenergie in Deutschland

Nuclear Energy in Germany

SCHLESWIG- Kiel

HOLSTEIN

Brunsbüttel

Greifswald/ C C D

C

Rubenow

Brokdorf C

MECKLENBURG-

HAMBURG Schwerin VORPOMMERN

Krümmel

C

Stade

Geesthacht

Unterweser

D

BREMEN

Gorleben

Rheinsberg

Munster C C D E

1)

Emsland

NIEDERSACHSEN

A C

Berlin

Leese

BERLIN

Lingen

Hannover Braunschweig

D

Potsdam

Grohnde

E Morsleben

A D Gronau

Asse E

Magdeburg

C

BRANDENBURG

Konrad

C

E

Ahaus

2)

SACHSEN-ANHALT

Hamm-

Würgassen

Krefeld

Uentrop

D

NORDRHEIN-

Düsseldorf WESTFALEN

Jülich

THÜRINGEN

Dresden

C D

SACHSEN

Dresden

3)

HESSEN

Erfurt

D

Ebsdorfergrund

Mülheim-

Hanau

Kärlich

A Großwelzheim

Wiesbaden

Ellweiler

Kahl

Mainz

D

C

Mainz

C

Biblis

Karlstein Grafenrheinfeld

C

Mitterteich

RHEINLAND-

SAARLAND PFALZ

Elm-Derlen

Obrigheim

BAYERN

Saarbrücken

C Neckarwestheim

Philippsburg

C

B C D

Niederaichbach

Karlsruhe Stuttgart

C

Isar

C D

BADEN-

Gundremmingen

Garching

WÜRTTEMBERG

Neuherberg

München

KKW in Betrieb Leistung Betriebsbeginn

brutto (kommerziell)

NPP in operation

Rated Start of

capacity commercial

gross operation

(MWe)

Brokdorf 1.480 1986

Emsland 1.406 1988

Grohnde 1.430 1985

Gundremmingen C 1.344 1985

Isar 2 1.485 1988

Neckarwestheim II 1.400 1989

Philippsburg 2 1.468 1985

Gesamt ı Total 10.013

Stand: Februar 2018 ı Status: February 2018

In Deutschland sind 7 Kernkraftwerke mit einer

Leistung von insgesamt 10.013 MWe (brutto)

in Betrieb.

In Germany 7 nuclear power plants are in operation

with a total installed capacity of 10,013 MWe (gross).

For further details

please contact:

Nicolas Wendler

DAtF

Robert-Koch-Platz 4

10115 Berlin

Germany

E-mail: presse@

kernenergie.de

www.kernenergie.de

Kernkraftwerk

Nuclear

power plant

Forschungsreaktor

Research

reactor

A

Kernbrennstoffversorgung

Nuclear fuel

supply facility

B

Wiederaufarbeitungsanlage

Reprocessing

plant

C

Zwischenlager

Interim storage

facility

D

Konditionierung

Conditioning

E

Endlager

Final

repository

• Landessammelstelle

Federal state

collection centers

In Betrieb

In operation

Abgeschaltet/

Stilllegung

End of operation/

Decommissioning

Rückbau

Dismantling

«Grüne Wiese»

Greenfield site

Errichtung

Construction

Bergwerk in Erkundung

(seit 2013 eingestellt)

Exploration mine

(discontinued since 2013)

1) Pilot-Konditionierungsanlage ı Pilot conditioning plant

2) Bereitstellung Mitte der 2020er-Jahre ı Operational by the mid 2020s

3) AVR-Behälterlager ı AVR flask store

info@

www. kernenergie.de

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