South Africa's power development strategy involves the construction of 2030 three new nuclear power units with 6 total installed capacity of 9.6 GW. The first new nuclear power units will be put into operation in the years 2023-2024.
About 90% of energy production in South Africa provides coal generation. In March 2011, the country has approved a new long-term plan for the development of national energy, which envisages bringing to 2030 the share of nuclear energy in the energy mix to 25% of the country.
In South Africa, operated nuclear power plants "Keberg" capacity of 1,800 MW — the only nuclear power plant on the African continent. The station was put into commercial operation in August 1984. Has two blocks of the PWR capacity of 900 MW each. They give 5% of electricity production in the country. The license for the operation of nuclear power plants is issued before 2025.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma at the summit of the BRICS countries have signed a number of documents, including a declaration on strategic partnership and cooperation agreement in the field of energy.
Russia is ready to provide technical and financial assistance in the implementation of the program of construction of nuclear power facilities in the Republic of South Africa, said Putin. "Russia offers help not just in the construction of individual nuclear units and the establishment of the Republic of South Africa advanced nuclear industry — from mining, construction, power plants and research reactors to design and manufacture its own nuclear power equipment," — he said after talks with the South African delegation in the BRICS summit in Durban.
According to Vladimir Putin, the relations between the two countries in the energy sector has a huge potential. He called nuclear energy in the most likely areas of cooperation between the two countries in the energy sector. The President also added that such assistance may be provided "at a credit accompanied by the Russian side, and training for South Africa."
In addition, he said, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the South African research centers "set up by the very tight co-operation." "Russian scientists are ready to connect to the establishment in South Africa of the cyclotron for radiochemical research and proton therapy," — said Putin.
In early March, General Director of the State Corporation "Rosatom" Sergey Kiriyenko said that Rosatom is in preliminary talks with the South African side, "to understand the approaches to the development of the nuclear industry and plans for South Africa."
Vice-President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe reiterated the need to build new nuclear power stations in the country, was questioned after the accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant "Fukushima". "We need to produce more electricity. Nuclear energy is ideal for this as we can to build nuclear power plants on the south coast and in other places, "- he said at a conference on" Nuclear Africa. "
The tender of South Africa plans to participate State Corporation "Rosatom" South Africa has offered to localize 40% of the production in the country.
From 30 January to 8 February 2013 South Africa visited by a group of experts of the IAEA in the framework of the mission INIR (Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review). The mission took place at the invitation of the Government of South Africa to assess the readiness of the country's infrastructure to further develop its nuclear program. Funding for the mission was carried out jointly by the Government of South Africa and the IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund. The IAEA experts on the results of his visit, noted that there has been strong government support program of the nuclear industry, noted the strengths and made a number of recommendations. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, commenting on the results of the mission, congratulated South Africa with a "significant step in the further development of its nuclear power program."