The 2010 Integrated Resource Plan envisages building 9,600 MWe of new nuclear power capacity, by a programme of between six and eight new nuclear power plants. The government is considering the practicality and financing of such a programme.
In 2008 Max Lee, CEO of Eskom, announced Eskom plans to build 20 GW of nuclear power by 2025; the first station with a capacity of between 3,300 and 4,000 MW could be completed by 2017. However the investment decision to go ahead with this was not made.
Until 2010 South Africa had an expansion policy based upon the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), but government financing was withdrawn because of missed deadlines and lack of customers.