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February 24, 2010

South Africa Plans to Displace 7 Gigawatts of Coal Power Plants with Nuclear Energy

South Africa's Director General at the ministry of energy Nelisiwe Magubane said a fleet nuclear plants will be used to replace ageing coal-fired power plants, adding that between 2020 and 2030 some 7,000 MW would need to be built.

Bidders for the nuclear plant included France's Areva (CEPFi.PA) and Westinghouse (owned by Japan's Toshiba)

Something to make note of is that the explicit statement is nuclear energy will be used to displace air polluting coal. There are many environmentalists who like to dispute that nuclear energy displaces coal.



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