Nuclear: South Africa and United States in co-operation
21 September 2009
South Africa and the United States have signed an agreement for co-operation and research in the field of nuclear energy.
The agreement was signed in Vienna on Monday 14 September in the presence of the American Energy Secretary Steven Chu and the South African Energy Minister Dipuo Peters.
The South African PMBR reactor and the American new generation nuclear power plant (NGNP) have both been chosen to be included within the framework of this programme.
The aim is to facilitate co-operation between the two countries in the field of nuclear energy and the technologies associated with the reactors. The aim is also to broaden efforts to sustain and promote nuclear science and the associated engineering infrastructures.
“The agreement reflects our commitment towards a new, clean type of energy, and towards strong partnership relations with other countries in the world, with the aim of mastering the challenges which face us all in respect of the climate and energy”, as Steven Chu declared.<br/>