Energy: Series of agreements signed between France and South Africa
4 March 2011
February 2: France and South Africa have signed a series of joint venture agreements in the energy and nuclear power domains.
Four agreements have been signed between the two nations. They include a "road map" concerning bilateral cooperation between the two countries in question, an action plan to enable the CEA and the NECSA (the atomic energy authorities of the respective countries) to co-operate, an agreement between EDF and ESKOM, and also an agreement between AREVA and NECSA.
For the French energy Ministry "this will establish an institutional and industrial joint venture which will cover all the bases in civil nuclear power, renewable energies, fossil energies and energy efficiency".
South Africa, which wants to double its present electricity production by 2030, is to adopt a new energy strategy at the start of April to enable the "decarbonization" of its energy sector. In fact, at present, South Africa depends on coal for 90 percent of its electricity production.