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Robyn
No I do not
new Nuclear procurement (1)
Why cant we turn our focus to SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOURCES!!?? We are already so indebted. We need to find ways to build our country and our people up and out ! we always hear the promise of a better future, but our govt's decisions continually show they are thinking about the here and now and fattening their own pockets! nuclear energy is not the way to go.
Peter
No I do not
new Nuclear procurement (1)
Following your invitation to comment on the proposed tender for new nuclear build I have perused the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP 2030) dated November 2011 and officially adopted by government in September 2012, The Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) dated November 2016 and The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) dated October 2019.

It is not possible to present a detailed critique in this forum, but allow me to to make some observations at the risk of generalising.

1. Considering we are half way to 2030 it is remarkable how few of the NDP recommendations have been implemented or even addressed, including with respect to energy and electricity generation.
2. My career in process plants taught me that optimising existing assets is invariably the first step before considering new build. Eskom's priority must be to increase generation availability to acceptable levels and also to ensure equipment operates at its rated capacity.
3. The planet is racing towards climate change tipping points and it is unthinkable to simply reduce carbon emissions. They must be eliminated, which means coal, gas, diesel or any other hydrocarbon based electricity generation must be wound down as quickly as possible.
4. We are left with nuclear, hydro and renewables (solar, wind).
5. Nuclear is capital intensive, probably prohibitively for South Africa. Plants are being decommissioned globally due to radioactivity risks.
6. Hydro is an attractive option, but there is limited opportunity in South African and there are numerous risks associated with long distance international transmission.
7. There was only passing reference to the 'hydrogen economy' in the IRP and I did not see any mention in the NDP or IEP. South Africa enjoys abundant wind and high energy sunshine. Our opportunity, indeed our future, is to use this energy to electrolyse water to produce hydrogen as fuel cell feed for transport and numerous other applications. PV efficiencies are continually improving and costs decreasing.
8. Government are constitutionally mandated to provide utilities and should therefore be enablers and not obstructers of energy policy particularly with respect to renewables and the hydrogen economy. They should be actively assisting private enterprise to generate electricity for their own consumption and to feed into the national grid. Also, subsidies to homeowners to install PV panels should be reintroduced, but this time with a simpler application process.

I would be happy to engage on these very brief general remarks
Peter
No I do not
new Nuclear procurement (1)
There is no need for new nuclear power, UNLESS it specifically replaces coal fired power, AND unless renewable (solar and wind) energy options have been explored on a whole cost comparison and with all externalities included.
Willie
Yes I do
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Concern: Eskom and Government's ability to manage the design and construction of a large nuclear project.

Nuclear power plants are not releasing gas emission into the atmosphere. Eskom's coal fired power plants should have been fitted with gas emission purification facilities to reduce gas emission levels to comply with the world required standards, but nothing has been done, due to extremely high cost and lack of effort from Eskom to get facilities designed and installed.
Eskom's current nuclear power plant has been in operation for almost 40 years and is still in good operating condition, without any major incidents. South Africa has never experienced a Tsunami or major earth quakes which could have or can be a concern for utilizing nuclear power plants.
Shaun
No I do not
other
Our country has much bigger issues at this point to even contemplate lumbering on additional expenses on to an already failing economy - rather make what we have work and then keep it maintained and upgraded gradually for future growth. I strongly believe that control of this sector needs to be taken away from the governments control and no longer have such ailing public entities such as Eskom. Rather open up the sector to private enterprise and allow for fair competition to emerge that can offer more flexible pricing options, continuous maintenance and future growth. Our parastatals were once admired by other countries but have since crumbled and have been pillaged and leached on by the ANC government. Nobody trusts the ANC government will actually enter into such developments for the benefit of the people but rather would see such development as an opportunity to further hike up our already inflated electricity costs in order to turn larger profits to be pillaged by themselves further. Also very big concerns that largescale development such as this would involve other countries rather than sourcing and empowering companies locally to create employment and benefit our own economy. Opportunities should also be provided by households using standarized residential green technologies to push energy back into the grid when underutilized and in excess and to then be compensated accordingly.
Hilda
No I do not
other
I Do not agree with opening a new nuclear plant. It is going to cost the tax payer too much. I believe we can source energy through green energy. With the Governments track record with Medupi and Kosile costing us billions in fraud bribery and corruption. The current situation with coal is also not working as ESKOM can not be trusted with our money. We are being overcharged for power and we have no say in the matter while the money they in is looted away.
Give green energy to independent Owners Farmen's etc to create more jobs and get another party involved to stop the current monopoly on our power.
Lebusa
Yes I do
new Nuclear procurement (1)
I honestly feel that it is a good initiative as compared to the so called "green energy" which currently Eskom is buying electricity from at more than 3 times the amount which Eskom generates its own electricity. I do not remember hearing any complications on Eskom's current nuclear plant (Koeberg).
AJ
No I do not
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All of the items provided as a concern, are my top concern.
I really don't think it's a good idea to mess with nuclear energy . Think going green is much safer.
Riaan
No I do not
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Rather go solar or wind as i feel we do not need another new clear power station that will just cost the tax payer money and not produce any results
Anèl
No I do not
other
Firstly, the Japanese, who have a very strong work ethic messed it up. Why would anyone think South Africans, who's national sport is striking, can operate such a potential natural disaster?
2. In case point 1 wasn't clear enough, SA workers strike all the time, plunging our economy into ruin. A nuclear power plant cannot go un-manned. Unions ruin this country by encouraging strikes. Having a nuclear power plant to use as a bargaining chip will cause more harm to the economy than any benefit it will give.
3. SA has abundance of sunlight, use light energy.
4. We have a really big coast line, use water/wind energy.
5. We have wide open spaces, use wind/light energy.
6. Eskom is a national failure and should be dissolved. They do not need another tool to screw up this country even further.
7. Power plants are constantly down for repairs due to poor maintenance and sabotage. We do not need to add nuclear power to the mix.
8. Building a nuclear power plant will give the Chinese government more foothold in SA, invest in local businesses to grow the local economy. We do not need to become the Chinese' puppets. We have everything we need except responsible leaders.

It's time to make responsible choices and move away from borrowing money from other countries. We owe the Chinese government enough, we can not afford to owe them anymore.