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SA used to produce its own reactor fuel (Slightly Enriched Uranium) and weapons grade material (Highly Enriched Uranium) at the Valindaba and Pelindaba facilities west of Pretoria. The process was locally developed (Helikon Vortex) but compared to other methods (gasseous diffusion) it was hopelessy inefficient. All our current SEU for use in Koeberg is bought from France IIRC. The massive capital expenditure required in building an isotope separation plant makes it unworthwhile if only SEU is to be produced.JStrike said:Out of curiosity :
Does SA produce and enrich its own fuel? Or is it reliant on a foreign country for anything in the nuclear process?
SA has dismantled it's bombs (in 1994 I believe). How long would it take to "go nuclear" again? Cant seem to find any info on this. Japan could go nuclear within a year apparently (If they so choose) and Germany within a couple (If they so choose). But I cant find anything on SA.