South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) must explicitly recognise that nuclear will remain an important element of the country’s energy mix, a parliamentary committee has told the country’s Department of Energy.

The Portfolio Committee on Energy (PCE) made its recommendation on 27 November when it formally adopted its report on the 2018 Draft IRP, following public hearings held in October. Portfolio committees are appointed from members of South Africa’s National Assembly to provide parliamentary oversight for the work of government departments.

Energy infrastructure is a critical component of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), which was published in 2011 and identifies the need for investment in a strong network of economic infrastructure designed to support the country’s medium- and long-term economic and social objectives. The IRP plays a crucial role in contributing to the objectives of the NDP, the Committee said in its report.

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