S. Africa, Russia to jointly train nuclear workers, educate public

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South Africa and Russia signed two memoranda of understanding on nuclear power cooperation.
The two contracts include joint projects to educate the public on nuclear power and encourage acceptance, as well as a program to train specialists in South Africa’s nuclear industry, according to Reuters. The country plans to build 9,600-MW in six new nuclear plants by 2030 at a cost of between 400 billion rand and 1 trillion rand ($32 billion and $80 billion). Officials are considering using reactor technology from either Russia’s Rosatom or Westinghouse, the article said.
The South African government has said the country needs to expand capacity, as well as diversify its power generation mix. Coal provides 85 percent of the country’s power generation.
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