http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.69Change: -0.05
R/$ = 12.32Change: -0.01
Au 1168.78 $/ozChange: -0.02
Pt 1083.00 $/ozChange: 1.00
 
 
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  
 
 
Aug 30, 2013

DoE says nuclear to be part of SA mix and Eskom may have partners

Back
Port|Port Elizabeth|Africa|CoAL|Design|Eskom|Gas|Industrial|Nuclear|PROJECT|Projects|Africa|South Africa|Energy|Energy Mix|Energy Projects|Nuclear Energy|Services|Jacob Zuma|Nelisiwe Magubane|Power|South Africa
Port||Africa|CoAL|Design|Eskom|Gas|Industrial|Nuclear|PROJECT|Projects|Africa||Energy|Services|Power|
port|port-elizabeth|africa-company|coal|design|eskom|gas|industrial|nuclear|project|projects|africa|south-africa|energy|energy-mix|energy-projects|nuclear-energy|services|jacob-zuma|nelisiwe-magubane|power|south-africa-region
© Reuse this



Department of Energy (DoE) Director General Nelisiwe Magubane has reaffirmed the South African government’s commitment to nuclear power as part of the country’s future energy mix. She also reported that the government is considering different ownership options for the country’s proposed new fleet of nuclear power stations. She was addressing the recent 2103 conference of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) in Port Elizabeth.

“I need to remind everyone present here today that the government of South Africa has long made a decision to implement the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030, and is committed to nuclear power as stipulated in the IRP,” she stated. “As a government official, let me reiterate again, in March 2011, the executive, that is Cabinet, decided that 9 600 MW of energy in this country will be developed using nuclear energy.”

Although the IRP 2010-2030 is being reviewed, this is unlikely to eliminate nuclear energy from the mix. “Preliminary results indicate that if we intend to reduce our carbon footprint and also have a vibrant economic growth, nuclear energy will be part of the solution,” she pointed out. “It is a known fact that nuclear power will be the most affordable baseload option after coal. Given our climate change commitments, and the fact that some of the coal-fired power stations will retire around 2022 and require replacement, therefore nuclear power is becoming more of a necessity than an option.” The DoE has received Cabinet approval to publish its Integrated Energy Plan.

The government had decided last year that “the owner-operator of the new nuclear power plants being [sic] Eskom as the major shareholder,” she pointed out. “To assist with obtaining good financing and bring in operational experience, we are looking at various ownership options for the nuclear power plants such as an investor or equity partner to join forces with Eskom in the nuclear new build.”

“One of the projects that [is] currently haunting us is [Eskom’s] Medupi [coal-fired] power plant delays,” she highlighted. “A whole thesis can be developed on what went wrong on this project. For us as a department, we believe that there are valuable lessons that can be learned and incorporated in [the] future design of other energy projects, especially our nuclear build programme.” But “[w]e are of the view that nuclear energy can be deployed successfully, built on time and budget. Most of the Asian countries can attest to that.”

Magubane noted that the National Nuclear Energy Executive Coordinating Committee had recently been uprated and streamlined. It was now headed by President Jacob Zuma instead of by the Deputy President and included six Cabinet Ministers in place of the previous 12. This restructuring was designed to increase efficiency and decrease decision-making time. “I would like to inform everyone that there’s a lot of work happening in the background towards the rollout of the nuclear programme.”

She pointed out that the government “needs high quality advice in order to take appropriate decisions” and lamented that, although the government had been “very active” in seeking advisers, some of the preparatory work for the nuclear programme had been “less than satisfactory”. She reported that “there are many more advisory services [that] we are seeking, before and during execution of this programme.”

“I therefore challenge Niasa to also look closely on these challenges and do introspection,” she asserted. “Questions that Niasa need to ask is [sic] – do we have enough artisans and what is our plan to grow them if not? The truth is, there is a lot of homework to be done to see South Africa reach her full industrial capabilities.”

She pointed to the Department of Science and Technology’s South African Nuclear Human Assets Resource Programme and its new outgrowth, the Energy Human Capital Development and Knowledge Generation Programme. She also referred to the industrialisation programmes of the Department of Trade and Industry. “We are encouraging collaborations between [the] public and private sectors to implement available strategies to establish our local industry.”

She affirmed that South Africa’s probable shale gas reserves were not an alternative to, but rather a complement for, nuclear energy. “One can play a major role in electricity provision whereas the other provides us with a portable source of energy that can be used more efficiently directly. We are working on policies to ensure efficient use of all our energy sources. This is why we prefer to talk of a balanced energy mix."

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Nuclear News
This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme,...
Russia is willing and able to help train South Africans in the skills required to operate the country’s planned new fleet of nuclear power plants (NPPs). Russian State-owned nuclear company Rosatom already has in place training programmes for foreign personnel,...
Article contains comments
Former Necsa CEO Dr Rob Adam
Although South Africa could procure more energy from other African countries to help plug its energy gap, nuclear energy would be a more secure option in the long run, says former South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO Dr Rob Adam. He told attendees at a South...
Article contains comments
Article contains comments
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
An end to wage negotiations within the local government sector could be in sight as a conciliator’s proposal, setting out a number of settlement suggestions to resolve the deadlock, was expected on Monday. The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu)...
Development financier Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) executive Noludwe Ncokazi on Friday said the organisation had the “huge responsibility of ensuring business continuity”, following the resignation of ECDC subsidiary Automotive Industry Development...
South Africa’s second-largest oil refinery, Engen Refinery (Enref), is set to undergo a three-day planned maintenance outage from July 9 as part of an ongoing maintenance programme to ensure that the facility, which delivers a significant portion of South Africa’s...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
NHLANHLA NENE The main constraints to economic growth are domestic
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene earlier this month stated that, while South Africa’s 2015 economic growth target of 2% was achievable, it was not enough to deliver the tax revenue needed to combat the country’s challenges.
The World Steel Association has published the 2015 edition of the World Steel in Figures report, which shows an increase in steel production as well as provides an overview of steel industry activities from crude steel production to apparent steel use.
The 25-year master plan for Gauteng’s Aerotropolis project will go through a process of approval and adoption during June and July, says Aerotroplis project manager Jack van der Merwe. “We are also in the process of putting together a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to...
SOLAR PANELS The existing buildings in the Coega Industrial Development Zone lent themselves well to rooftop solar panel installations
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) plans to fit 15 of its buildings, totalling 127 000 m2 of roof space, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, with solar panels.
The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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