Russian nuclear firm plans to generate more than 15,000 jobs in South Africa

rosatomRosatom will bid for the construction of six South African power units with a total installed capacity of 9.6GW. (Image source: Rosatom)Russian state-owned nuclear company Rosatom has revealed plans to generate more than 15,000 jobs in the South African in construction, service and operations sectors  

Speaking at the annual industry convention of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) last week, Rosatom subsidiary, JSC Rusatom Overseas vice-president Boris Arseev said, “Implementation of the South African nuclear generation development program, together with Rosatom, will allow the creation of 15,000 additional jobs in construction, service and operation of the new units, as well as several thousands of jobs in related industries.”

Arseev added that the program will increase the income of South African enterprises by US$15bn and an additional US$3.5bn in budget revenue.

A statement from Rosatom revealed that it will bid for the construction of six South African power units with a total installed capacity of 9.6GW, which has been planning an expansion of its nuclear energy sector.

South Africa’s Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) for 2010 to 2030, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, has envisaged a 9,600MW of additional nuclear capacity by 2030.

As part of the company’s commitment, its subsidiary, Rusatom Overseas last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Africa’s North West University (NWU) in Moscow to develop cooperation programmes which will include cooperation in scientific research work, exchange of specialists, joint seminars and joint text book preparation.

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