Russia’s atomic energy on Monday said it will provide eight nuclear reactors to South Africa by 2023 in a strategic partnership between the two countries.

South Africa’s Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the nuclear deal worth more than R100 billion will open the door for South Africa to access technologies, funding and infrastructure from Russia.

Government Minister Ben Martins earlier commented on South Africa’s plan to enter into the global nuclear space for its local power generation.