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Supporting the regulatory review of a new reactor in South Africa

Economic growth in South Africa is generating a rapid increase in the demand for electricity, and this trend is expected to continue over the next two decades. ESKOM, the state owned electricity utility, plans to meet some of these growing demands by increasing the amount of nuclear-generated electricity.

One of ESKOM’s options is to develop a smaller, simpler modular reactor design, which permits the inclusion of additional reactor modules when energy demand requires it.

"Our expertise has helped enable an informed review of the license application for the construction of the Pebble Bed Modular reactor in South Africa."
Mike Saxton, New Build Business Lead

It selected the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) technology and planned to construct a demonstration plant at Koeberg, the existing nuclear site near Cape Town.

We used our expertise in the development and assessment of safety justifications to support the South African National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) in the review and assessment of the safety case presented by ESKOM in support of its licence application for the new plant.

From our experience of working in the nuclear industry, we have extensive knowledge and experience of the analysis of gas-cooled reactors and were able to use this to provide the NNR with an independent analysis capability which was being used to verify the claims made by ESKOM in its safety analysis report.

We have been involved in the design, construction, licensing and operation of every nuclear power plant in the UK and are using this knowledge to support the South African National Nuclear Regulator in the review and assessment of safety justification for a new nuclear power plant.

Location:South Africa
Client:South African National Nuclear Regulator
Scope:Safety case assessment
Date:2001 – 2010