Before Eskom should be permitted to proceed with its proposed nuclear build programme, the government should complete an up-to-date integrated resource plan (IRP), the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Friday. Eskom is using outdated studies to motivate it desire to invest in nuclear power stations, Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage said. "The state capture report recently released by the public protector also indicates questionable conduct by Eskom’s executives, which point to the irrationality of the nuclear decision," Outa said. The latest study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), compiled by Tobias Bischof-Niemz, Jarrad Wright, Joanne Calitz and Crescent Mushwana, clearly showed that no new nuclear or coal-fired power plants were required for SA, Outa’s statement said. "Using latest demand forecasts and pricing plus efficiency of renewable energy in the forms of solar and wind, with a blend of gas for base power stability, SA’s electricity needs ...

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