Why is South Africa interested in old nuclear technology?

dunkyd

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1 for you, 2 for me......someone must buy the old stuff :eek:
 

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The same reason we had ISDN when the rest of the world had moved out of the dark ages.
 

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The government is not interested in efficiency.
The more money that can be stolen the better.
 

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It's also probably also because the ANC decided on the first technology they saw and now that everyone is telling them they're wrong they're only going to stick to their guns even more, and then get miffed when we all say "I told you so". Child-like mentality imo =/
 

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Because, like everything else in this country, we simply can't let go of the past.
 

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+1 for corruption.

Caveat: I am not anti-nuclear power whatsoever, I think it is a good alternative to coal... but - it's not just the building and fuelling of the plant but also the decommissioning of the facility that costs hundreds of millions of rands.

I'm going to go ahead and guess that the older tech has faster decom/rejuvenation cycles.
 

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There are two aspects:

1. They are keen on the old schitt because they will likely get it cheep cheep. Likely from the same people who built Chernobyl and others.

2. They have no cooking clue what they are doing, so will accept, on face value, whatever they are offered. Then when things go boooom and we have a nuclear disaster, they will blame apartheid, the white man, the bloody agents, and whatever else comes to mind, probably including Jan van Riebeeck
 

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There are two aspects:

1. They are keen on the old schitt because they will likely get it cheep cheep. Likely from the same people who built Chernobyl and others.

2. They have no cooking clue what they are doing, so will accept, on face value, whatever they are offered. Then when things go boooom and we have a nuclear disaster, they will blame apartheid, the white man, the bloody agents, and whatever else comes to mind, probably including Jan van Riebeeck
Show me where it says they are actually buying old tech. In fact no purchase of anything is confirmed.

There has also been speculation that those pesky Russians are giving us untried & tested power stations. Back to square one hey?
 

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Show me where it says they are actually buying old tech. In fact no purchase of anything is confirmed.

There has also been speculation that those pesky Russians are giving us untried & tested power stations. Back to square one hey?
Note the words keen and likely. Neither imply a sale has actually taken place. When I say "keen" it ties in with the headline where the word "interested" is being used.

The Russians are likely, not confirmed, offering SA the same tech as what was used in Chernobyl, that was implicit in my post.
 

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Because it's payback time for the comrades and now the Russians are claiming it.
 

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We urgently need more power and ESKOM thinks the most expensive and slowest to come online solution is the best? lol
What do you suggest?

they should have explored solar, wind and sea energey long ago imo.
 

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We need the power now , not in 2050 .
That will be a little late.
If it took them 11 years to build a coal powered power station then nuclear will probably take about 35 years.
 
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