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First, something about the HTML in this diary seems to have messed up the page formatting.  It's all wonky.

Second, fyi, South Africa has been working on expanding its nuclear power generation capability and developing new or modified technology for quite some time.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 03:29:23 PM EST
(I took the liberty of fixing the HTML, there was a table tag that needed closing.)
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 03:35:56 PM EST
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Apparently, NNadir doesn't like pebble bed reactors that much:

Crude estimate: How many nuclear plants would it take to fuel 100M cars? - Democratic Underground

I predict that the number of PBR's that are ultimately built will be less than 100, including the 25 South Africa intends to build. There will be many thousands of high temperature reactors built if humanity survives global climate change, but the PBR is at best a short termer. It's a Gen III type, but most of the high temperature reactors to be built will be the Gen IV types. It's too difficult to recycle the fuel.
by Nomad (Bjinse) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 02:20:03 AM EST
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I once attended a talk about Eskom's pebble bed plans. Apparently, SA's enormous coal deposits are a long way from urban centres, so either the coal has to be moved there, or long lengths of power grid are needed. If I remember correct, they chose the first and Eskom is now literally trucking all that coal across the country. I don't think there's a viable gas pipe to South Africa, so they are stuck with coal or nuclear, and decided they would go nuclear.

But from what I understand, Eskom has become very politicized since the end of apartheid.

by GreatZamfir on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 09:17:19 AM EST
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