Light in the power tun­nel

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WHAT HAP­PENED| TO RE­LIEVE SA’S power cri­sis, Eskom is to build a sec­ond nu­clear power sta­tion in the West­ern Cape. Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Alec Er­win said Eskom took that de­ci­sion late last year, and a pre­ferred bid­der will be de­cided on dur­ing the cur­rent quar­ter. The plant will pro­vide at least 1 000MW of power – but not be­fore 2013, as con­struc­tion can only start af­ter an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact study.

WHAT THE OTH­ERS SAID EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL­ISTS WILL BE up in arms, Busi­ness Day said. How­ever, the de­ci­sion to build an­other nu­clear power sta­tion in the Cape made sense. The news­pa­per re­ported that coal-based power is highly pol­lut­ing and is also be­com­ing more ex­pen­sive. Die Burger said job op­por­tu­ni­ties and growth partly de­pended on suf­fi­cient elec­tric­ity and there­fore the build­ing of the new plant should start as soon as pos­si­ble.

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