Scenarios for South Africa’s future energy mix in the draft integrated resources plan (IRP) 2023 include a delay in decommissioning coal-fired power stations, using clean technologies to add more coal-fired power and rolling out more than 14,000MW of new nuclear power. 

The IRP 2023 also makes it clear South Africa will continue to experience electricity supply shortages at least until 2027 unless there is a “significant” improvement in the performance of Eskom’s coal-fired power plants...

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