Eskom is intent on setting things in motion in regards to nuclear power and has published a request for information.

The RFI has been published on Eskom’s website and at this stage is an information gathering process but Necsa sees this as the first step being taken toward nuclear energy procurement.

“This RFI is the first step leading to the appointment of one or more foreign specialist suppliers who will work with the South African team in the construction of the new fleet of nuclear power stations,” Necsa said in a statement.

Countries that wish to work with South Africa on nuclear power will need to complete and submit the RFI by 28th April 2017. By answering the questions in the RFI countries indicate that they are also interesting in making a tender bid when the process reaches that stage according to Times Live.

Eskom has said however that answering these questions does not constitute bidding on a tender. “The information provided will not be used as a basis for awarding a contract or order, or in any manner preclude a supplier’s participation,” Eskom said.

Unclear nuclear

This publishing of a RFI is a sign that Eskom is pushing forward with it’s plans to building nuclear power plants, which is worrying considering how much outcry there has been regarding the energy source.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has criticised both Eskom and the department of energy saying that the process is being put into motion on the back of an outdated Integrated Resource Plan.

“The IRP is some six years late and now Government appears to be rushing this process through without providing the public and civil society organisations with sufficient time to participate,” Outa said in regards to public consultations regarding the draft IRP and Integrated Energy Plan happening this month.

By contrast Necsa is excited that there is movement on the nuclear energy programme.

“Over forty years ago, in collaboration with foreign partners, South African embarked on the construction of Koeberg nuclear power station,” said Necsa chairperson Kelvin Kemm. “That decision turned out to be a great success. This time around we can do even better.”

[Via – Fin24]