Local and international nuclear experts, vendors and lobbyists are gathered at the annual Nuclear Africa conference held outside Pretoria from Wednesday to Friday.

Moneyweb has spoken to some key delegates and brings you interviews with them.

Eskom chief nuclear office Dave Nicholls told delegates that the utility, which will lead the procurement of 9 600MW of nuclear generation capacity, that the utility has done its homework and is confident that nuclear will be cost competitive with other technologies.

Nicholls also explained the principles underpinning South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme and why vendors won’t be asked to comply with a set of specifications:

Agneta Rising, director general of the World Nuclear Association spoke about the mixed experiences of European countries relying on renewable energy:

Former British parliamentarian Tim Yeo who is currently chair of nuclear lobby group New Nuclear Watch discussed lessons South Africa could learn from the UK’s procurement of Hinkley Point: