Nuclear deal: Eskom must suspend Request for Proposals
23 November 2016
The DA will be writing to both Minister Joematt-Pettersson and Minister Brown demanding that they halt any attempt by Eskom to proceed with the issuance of the Request For Proposal (RFP) for nuclear until such a time as the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) – the pillars of South Africa’s energy policy – have passed public consultation and have been adopted by Parliament.
Eskom’s announcement today that they plan to issue the RFP by the end of the month flies in the face of logic and national energy policy – detailed and made public by the Department of Energy yesterday in drafts of the IRP and IEP. The plans together provide a legal and statutory framework for determining energy policy to 2050.
Although not without fault, the IRP 2016 has been extensively modelled and clearly indicates that an urgent acquisition of an additional nuclear base load capacity of 9,6GW is neither urgent or necessary. The base case scenario – which assesses energy demand for the period 2050 indicates that additional nuclear base load power will only be required by the mid-2030s meaning procurement should only commence in the early 2020s.
Given this extended timeline, it is grossly premature and potentially irrational for Eskom and master of the dark arts – Mr Matshele Koko, Eskom spin doctor in Chief – to call fall the finalisation and issuance of the RFP by the end of the month.