South Africa is to go ahead with its nuclear plans but has set them back by a year, with the first nuclear plant now due online by 2024 or 2025, energy minister Dipuo Peters has told reporters on the sidelines of an energy ministers’ conference.

Peters has signed off on a proposal for new nuclear power plants which will go to cabinet soon, she said. She expects the cabinet to decide on the plan by the year-end so that the bidding process will get underway early in 2012, reported Reuters.

The planned nuclear plants, due to eventually provide 9600 MW, would start supplying the grid in 2024 or 2025, she added. This date has been pushed back from 2023, mentioned in previous plans, by revisions in the aftermath of the Fukushima incident.

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