http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.12Change: -0.01
R/$ = 11.96Change: -0.09
Au 1204.26 $/ozChange: -1.81
Pt 1146.50 $/ozChange: -2.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Apr 23, 2012

Nuclear expansion to create mining, construction jobs

Back
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters discusses the benefits of developing nuclear power generation in South Africa at the National Union of Mineworkers' Nuclear Energy Workshop this week. Camera work: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Darlene Creamer.
 
 
 
Construction|Africa|CoAL|Industrial|Mining|Nuclear|Resources|SECURITY|Africa|Japan|South Africa|Electricity|Energy|Main Energy Source|Maintenance|Nuclear|Nuclear Energy|Power Generation|Power-generation|Uranium Mining|Dipuo Peters|Infrastructure|Oupa Komane|Power
Construction|Africa|CoAL|Industrial|Mining|Nuclear|Resources|SECURITY|Africa||Energy|Maintenance|Nuclear|Power Generation|Power-generation||Infrastructure|Power
construction|africa-company|coal|industrial|mining|nuclear-company|resources|security|africa|japan|south-africa|electricity|energy|main-energy-source|maintenance|nuclear-industry-term|nuclear-energy|power-generation|power-generation-industry-term|uranium-mining|dipuo-peters|infrastructure|oupa-komane|power
© Reuse this



Expanding South Africa’s nuclear power industry would boost job creation, particularly in the uranium mining and construction sectors, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said at the National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM’s) Nuclear Energy Workshop, in Midrand, on Monday.

The Minister was reacting to concerns raised by the NUM that a focus on nuclear power would lead to the systematic phasing out of coal, which is a key job-creating industry, as the country’s main energy source.

South Africa plans to generate 9.6 GW of electricity from nuclear energy by 2030. The Integrated Resources Plan for electricity also calls for 6.3 GW of new base-load coal capacity.

Peters told the NUM forum that localisation and job creation were central to the country’s new nuclear build programme.

Not only would nuclear expansion create mining and construction jobs, it would also open opportunities in the scientific sphere. "We have sufficient local capacity in terms of scientists and scientific companies and we can capitalise from our own intellectual capacity instead of sourcing from abroad," she pointed out.

The Minister added that partnerships with local industry players and nuclear-intensive countries, such as Japan, would be important in developing a safe and efficient nuclear sector in South Africa.

"We must engage with countries where nuclear is primary to power generation and by learning from events such as Fukushima, we can safely and successfully strengthen our nuclear capacity.”

NUM deputy general-secretary Oupa Komane said the nuclear sector had a poor record in terms of transformation and beneficiation.

"In the revival of this abandoned industry the focus must be on skills development, knowledge transfer and transformation. It is imperative that any increase in the South African nuclear energy industry should be coupled to the beneficiation of our uranium resources," he urged.

Komane further warned about the possible impact of the high capital costs associated with developing nuclear infrastructure. "Analysis has shown that capital intensity leads to growth in unemployment, further to that the question also stands of how this capital cost would impact on electricity prices."

But Peters said that the long-term benefits of nuclear energy should be considered, adding that nuclear allowed for supply security, cheaper overall energy costs and a decreased carbon footprint.

“Nuclear power stations become cash cows in the long term and require less maintenance," she pointed out.

In terms of policy, Komane said that a number of policy implications had to be considered in a shift to nuclear technology.

"The government must ensure that the energy mix, as finally approved, has a proactive industrial policy that can ensure job creation by supporting more labour-intensive production and by nurturing technology with a high degree of substitutability of labour for capital," he stated.

Further, the Minister said it was important that the local nuclear power generation sector remained State-owned.
 

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Nuclear News
Article contains comments
South Africa would commence a procurement process in the second quarter of the current financial year to select a “strategic partner or partners” to build 9 600 MW of new nuclear capacity, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced on Tuesday. Government’s...
Article contains comments
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
The National Treasury confirmed on Monday that consideration was being given to the possibility of private investment in Eskom as part of efforts to improve the electricity utility’s financial sustainability. “Consideration is also being given to ring-fencing and...
ON TRACK The scope of work of the South African SGR consortium at the Koeberg nuclear power station include removal and off-loading of the old steam generators
Technical resources provider, Lesedi Nuclear Services, remains on track to complete its portion of the steam generator replacement (SGR) project in 2018 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape. Lesedi Nuclear Services,...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude
Updated 7 hours ago Despite a record year, Tongaat Hulett’s starch and cellulose division was impacted by load-shedding during the year ended March 31, CEO Peter Staude said in a telephone interview on Monday. “The starch and glucose operation, which is the only wet-miller in...
The Competition Commission has referred a case of alleged collusion against JSE-listed construction materials company Dawn, along with its subsidiaries DPI Plastics, Ubuntu Plastics and Sangio Pipes, to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The commission alleged...
JSE-listed Rhodes Food Group grew its turnover 12.4% to R1.3-billion for the six months ended March 29, while normalised operating profit was up 17.3% to R126-million, the company reported at its interim results presentation on Monday. The company’s normalised...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
While economic forecasts for the African continent are most favourable, African airlines may not be able to benefit from the expected growth in the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), International Air Transport Association VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi has warned....
The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will need to change substantially post 2020, says Metair Investments South African operations COO Ken Lello. “We must not make tweaks. We have to change. What we are doing is not sustainable.”
Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from...
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
FREDRIK JEJDLING Sustainability becomes an important part of a business’ decision-making process
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96