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MOSCOW, October 26 (Itar-Tass) — A delegation from the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) made a two-day reconnaissance visit to Russia on October 23-25 in accordance with the cooperation programme provided for in the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Rusatom Overseas and Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA).
The delegation included representatives of the Department of Trade and Industry, Nuclear industry Association of South Africa (NIASA), as well as the representatives of the leading South African energy companies.
The delegation visited to the headquarters of NIAEP, one of Rosatom’s engineering enterprises and the management organisation of Atomstroyexport, where they got familiar with the company’s capacities in engineering, particularly with the innovative Multi-D technology.
“South Africa is facing great demand in electricity. First of all we plan to develop nuclear power, which share in our energy mix should be increased. All that causes our interest in your company, and that is why our delegation is so representative”, the head of the delegation, Gerhard Fourie, Director of Investment Programs at DTI, said.
The delegation also visited the construction site of Units 3, 4 at the Rostov nuclear power plant. The trip agenda also included visits to the Moscow Branch of NIAEP, as well as to Atomstroyexport’s headquarters in Moscow.
“We are presenting a full range of our capabilities to South-African colleagues: from the projects on a computer screen through its implementation on site. This is more convincing than any words”, Yuri Ivanov, NIAEP First Deputy Director, said.
Rosatom is considering bidding in a nuclear tender in South Africa and has already proposed to South Africa 40 percent localisation of nuclear energy production. New nuclear reactors with the capacity of 9.6 GW will increase the share of nuclear energy in the country’s energy production from 5 percent to 25 percent. The option to carry out the expensive project will be limited with the condition to localise production and to offer jobs in South Africa where unemployment is as high as 24 percent.