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Nuclear power lobby in South Africa stymied by court ruling

What Now For South Africa’s Nuclear Energy Plans? Any deals with Russia, the U.S. and South Korea are off and government must go back to the drawing board. Pieter du ToitDeputy Editor, HuffPost South Africa  26/04/2017 The official request for information (RFI) issued by Eskom for its nuclear build programme is off the table. What does this mean? That the government must completely start again when it comes to its nuclear energy plans for South Africa.

 Liz McDaid, of Earthlife Africa, one of the two applicants who asked the Western Cape High Court to set aside government’s nuclear plans, says the only option left to Eskom and government is to “go back to the drawing board”.
 “The entire nuclear procurement programme has been found to be unlawful. The whole thing has been stopped, which includes the RFI issued in December and which closes on Friday,” McDaid told HuffPost.

The nuclear procurement programme was moved from the department of energy in December and Eskom issued the RFI — a process whereby parties indicate their interest in tendering for the deal — just before Christmas.

Earthlife Africa and the Southern Africa Faith Communities Environment Institute (Safcei) asked the court to set the programme aside. The court found the entire programme to be “unlawful and unconstitutional” and that there was insufficient consultation…….

May 1, 2017 - Posted by | general

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