Joemat-Pettersson says nuclear is non-negotiable due to water shortages
Author: Wyndham Hartley
ENERGY Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Wednesday SA had to go “nuclear” because renewable energy could not supply the base load the country would need in the future.
Speaking on the second day of the state of the nation (Sona) debate, Ms Joemat-Pettersson said the country lacked adequate water to support coal-fired power generation.
Nuclear power plants such as Koeberg in the Western Cape used seawater while coal-fired plants such as Medupi used fresh water. “Renewables won’t supply enough base load” and “we will continue building on the success of Koeberg”, she said.
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