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Eskom: We will have $11 billion for nuclear plant

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Power utility Eskom from South Africa estimates it would have $11 billion within the next decade to help fund a nuclear expansion programme.

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Africa's most industrialised country, which has the continent's only nuclear power station, has earmarked atomic expansion as the centrepiece of a plan to raise power generation to ease its reliance on an ageing fleet of coal-fired plants.

In a column in the BusinessDay newspaper, Eskom's group executive for generation, Matshela Koko, said under the utility's 2016/17 business plan, the firm would raise significant funds to help build the proposed nuclear plants.

"These cash resources could be deployed to fund the new nuclear build programme," Koko said.

Eskom's aim to build three new power plants by 2018 have been hamstrung by delays and cost overruns, casting doubt on its ability to deliver on its expansion plans.


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