Eskom to start long-awaited seismic study of Thyspunt reactor plan

Eskom was going through the procurement process for a long-promised seismic study of its plan to build a nuclear reactor at Thyspunt, the utility said yesterday.

Eskom was responding to concerns raised this week that the study had not yet been done, although its own assessor said five years ago it had to be completed for consideration before any decision was taken on the Nuclear-1 project.

In a March 20 2011 letter to the Koeberg Action Alliance (Kaa), responding to comments by the alliance, Arcus Gibb said the PSHA [Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment] needs to be redone using a different methodology.

Gibb said that in line with this acknowledgement, a comprehensive two- to three-year study using new methodology was planned “but such a PSHA had to be postponed due to financial constraints”.

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