Authorisation for the Duynefontein nuclear site



The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has granted Eskom permission to proceed with the nuclear installation at Duynefontein in the Western Cape, which is next to the existing Koeberg power station. At the beginning of the project, five alternative siting areas were investigated at the scoping phase, namely Brazil and Schulpfontein (in the Northern Cape on the west coast between Kleinzee and Hondeklip Bay), Bantamsklip (in the Western Cape on the coast next to Pearly Beach east of Hermanus), Duynefontein (in the Western Cape next to the existing Koeberg power station), and Thyspunt (in the Eastern Cape on the coast between Oyster Bay and St Francis Bay). Following the scoping phase, Brazil and Schulpfontein were excluded from further detailed specialist environmental studies for the Nuclear-1 EIA. It is important to note that the other four sites are still usable in the future as no fatal flaws have been identified. The granted authorisation is confirmation of the adequacy of the extensive work undertaken.

Contact Eskom Media Desk, Tel 011 800-3304, mediadesk@eskom.co.za

 

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