Russia and South Africa Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement
The Russian Federation and South Africa have concluded an intergovernmental agreement for strategic partnership in the nuclear energy sector. The document was signed by Rosatom Head Sergey Kirienko and South African Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson.
The agreement creates a basis for the development of South Africa’s program on the construction of nuclear power plants fitted with Russian VVER-type reactors with a total generating capacity of 9.6 GWt (up to eight units). Those would be the first nuclear power plants on the African continent using Russian technologies.
Apart from the construction of nuclear reactors, the agreement also provides for mutually beneficial cooperation in other areas of the nuclear industry, including the construction of a multi-purpose research reactor using Russian technologies, assistance in the development of the South African nuclear energy sector and training of South African specialists in Russian educational institutions.