* The PBMR
is very research and high-technology intensive.
Mitsubishi Heavy will start constructing the core structure for the PBMR
with 165,000 kilowatt output in 2007 and will deliver the structure in 2011 to South Africa's national power utility, which plans to introduce the reactor into the country's grid system in 2013, the company said.
"We believe that the PBMR
will now be exposed for what it is--a white elephant where Eskom planned to use the people of Cape Town as guinea pigs to test a dubious technology," says Liz McDaid, a spokesperson for Earthlife Africa.
The Westinghouse AP1000 advanced pressurised water reactor has yet to be built, and the pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR
) is decades away.
South Africa -- Exelon Corporation, the world's third largest private nuclear utility has decided to pull out of the "pebble-bed modular reactor" (PBMR
) development consortium.
But it is still dwarfed by the issue of the nuclear waste produced by any of the existing and proposed fission reactors, traditional or PBMR
In the United States, a 180[degrees] half-model with an open window for visual inspection and data collection was built according to the ratio of 1: 10 with the actual size of PBMR
Called the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR
) it was to be built in South Africa, until funding problems recently ended this promising program.
The future of South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR
) company is in doubt after it said it might have to lay off 600 staff, 75% of its worldforce, to survive.
Nuclear has been presented as a viable option, with the government actively pursuing and steadily promoting Pebble Bed Modular Reactor technology (PBMR
(Pty) Ltd., an international consortium including Eskom, South Africa's state-owned electricity utility, and British Nuclear Fuels PLC (BNFL), is planning the construction of the reactor.