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Nuclear News

New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 New analysis conducted using updated cost assumptions for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and batteries shows that the share of renewable energy in an electricity mix that would also be the least cost for South Africa could grow to above 90% by 2050. Such a portfolio, the study indicates,... 

Renewables’ share of global energy market to rise, system stability central

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 The world’s energy system will decarbonise over the next three decades, says advisory services and risk management company DNV GL Africa business manager Robert O’Keefe. Unpacking DNV GL’s ‘Energy Transition Outlook 2017’ report at the Nordic Energy Days conference, in Pretoria, on Thursday, he... 

Unido, WEC to disseminate sustainable energy solutions

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2017 The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) and the World Energy Council (WEC) have signed a joint declaration to support the global dissemination of sustainable energy solutions. The parties have committed to help develop leadership skills and the overall capacity of energy... 

Necsa re-establishing its nuclear pebble fuel production capability

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. This was reported by Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane at a media briefing at Pelindaba on... 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), through its use of its SAFARI-1 research reactor and its subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes, is one of... 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

Asian giant proceeds with latest nuclear expansion project with Russia

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 The ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group, has announced that key contracts for Stage III of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) had been signed on the last day of July. The contracts cover priority design work, and working design and... 

South Africa supplying critical medical radioisotope to 50 countries

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced recently.... 

South Africa’s radioisotopes company shines globally

By: Keith Campbell     3rd August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced on... 

South Africa’s radioisotopes company shines globally
NTP Radioisotopes MD Tina Eboka

Gas-to-power a more favourable alternative energy source

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The nuclear procurement programme was rejected in the High Court earlier this year and opens the way for greater advocacy around the gas-to-power programme, says oil and gas specialist Lizel Oberholzer. “The focus on nuclear energy generation has come at the cost of the development of other... 

Gas-to-power a more favourable alternative energy source
LIZEL OBERHOLZER The importation of LNG remains the biggest opportunity for growth in the gas sector, says Oberholzer

Nuclear seen featuring alongside renewables in future energy mix

By: Dylan Slater     28th July 2017 During the yearly atomic energy forum – Atomexpo 2017 – which was held in Moscow last month, a round-table discussion featuring several energy experts agreed that a sustainable future power generation mix would almost certainly use an increased amount of nuclear energy in conjunction with... 

Historic Russian nuclear site hosts oldest and newest nuclear technology

By: Dylan Slater     21st July 2017 During a nuclear power plant (NPP) site visit that coincided with the yearly Atomexpo 2017, which was held in Moscow last month, Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom showcased its safest and most modern nuclear reactor technology to delegates at the landmark Novovoronezh NPP (NvNPP) site.  

Historic Russian nuclear site hosts oldest and  newest nuclear technology
Photo by Dylan Slater
NOVOVORONEZH NUCLEAR PLANT The second and newest nuclear power plant within the Novovoronezh nuclear complex features the safest and most powerful atomic technology available on the market

Nuclear is essential to Africa’s energy mix – Rosatom 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2017 If Africa is to ensure it places itself on its expected path of becoming the future growth market of the world, nuclear energy needs to be included into its plans, as a lack of energy access is a major hurdle for the continent, Rosatom regional VP of sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov said on... 

Nuclear is not just about energy – Niasa MD

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2017 South Africa’s controversial nuclear energy plans have overwhelmingly overshadowed the more expansive, overall industry that has quietly developed in the country, which has become a world leader in nuclear medicine. Speaking at the one-day nuclear forum on the sidelines of the PowerGen Africa... 

Rosatom, African Young Generation in Nuclear ink MoU

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2017 International nuclear firm Rosatom and the newly established nonprofit organisation African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the further development of awareness of opportunities for youth in the nuclear industry. AYGN was established earlier... 

North-West University to offer nuclear technology management degree

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has congratulated North-West University (NWU) on the official introduction of the MEng Nuclear Technology Management degree, which aims to provide nuclear and management skills to professionals intending to apply their trade in the nuclear... 

Decentralise, find optimal mix

     14th July 2017 Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa’s energy challenges, say industry experts on the advisory board of the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg. 

Decentralise, find  optimal mix
Photo by Duane Daws
NIGEL BLACKABY The nuclear question, optimal use of renewables and funding for independent power producer programmes are key issues for discussion

Event to facilitate meaningful and relevant debate

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 The POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa advisory board has gone to great lengths to ensure that this year’s conference programme is tailored to meaningfully address the issues most relevant to Africa’s power generation sector and supported by a showcase of suppliers who can practically assist in... 

Event to facilitate meaningful  and relevant debate
Photo by Bloomberg
PLOTTING FUTURE PATHS Creative thinking is needed to devise a representative power-generation portfolio that leverages all the options available

Finalisation of ‘lowest cost’ IRP included in growth action plan 

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2017 The finalisation of the “lowest cost” Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity has been included in a list of energy-related interventions unveiled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba as part of ‘Government’s Inclusive Growth Action Plan’ published on Thursday. Likewise, the National Treasury... 

Finalisation of ‘lowest cost’ IRP included in growth action plan

International nuclear regulatory body selects South African for key post

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been appointed Chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NNR announced late last month. The appointment was decided at the annual RCF Steering Committee... 

South Africa needs to find middle ground for electricity conundrum – former EIUG chair 

     29th June 2017 If South Africa wants to prevent its deindustrialisation and find middle ground between the sustainability of State-owned Eskom and the affordability of electricity, a few “holy cows will have to be slaughtered”, former Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa chairperson Piet van... 

South Africa needs to find middle ground for electricity conundrum – former EIUG chair

Nuclear energy continuing to grow worldwide 

By: Keith Campbell     28th June 2017 Last year saw the largest annual increase in nuclear energy capacity, worldwide, in more than 25 years, the World Nuclear Association (WNA) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity that came on line totalled 9 GWe and 2016 was the fourth year in a row in which global nuclear generation increased.... 

Nuclear energy continuing to grow worldwide
Agneta Rising, Director General, World Nuclear Association

Global atomic agency selects South African for key regulatory post

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been appointed chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NNR announced on Friday. The appointment was decided at the annual RCF Steering Committee meeting... 

Global atomic agency selects South African for key regulatory post
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Bismark Tyobeka

Nuclear power increasingly replacing traditional sources of power generation – Kemm 

By: Dylan Slater     20th June 2017 The world is entering a new phase of energy development and nuclear-powered electricity generation has a key role to play in phasing out carbon-based energy generation, nuclear physicist and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm said during a plenary discussion at... 

Rosatom, Zambia agree to cooperate on nuclear energy development 

By: Dylan Slater     19th June 2017 Rusatom Overseas, a division of Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom, on Monday signed a project development agreement (PDA) with Zambia, paving the way for a preliminary feasibility study into the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant. The signing took place during the yearly... 

Rosatom, Zambia agree to cooperate on nuclear energy development
Zambia Ministry of Higher Education permanent secretary Owen Mugemezulu and Rusatom Overseas president Evgeny Pakermanov

NPC commissioner calls for energy-planning overhaul 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 A member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) has pointed to serious shortcomings in South Africa’s current energy planning processes and has called for future plans, including the highly contested Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, to be compiled by a new independent technical... 

NPC commissioner calls for energy-planning overhaul

Ring main unit launched to cater for increased renewables output

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 Electrical engineering firm Lucy Electric launched its modular Aegis36 ring main unit at Africa Utility Week, which took place in Cape Town last month. The unit is designed for switchgear of up to 36 kV installed in secondary distribution networks and particularly for renewable-energy projects. 

Column: Koeberg aims to ease Cape Town's water woes through desalination

     29th May 2017 In this article, Koeberg power station manager Velaphi Ntuli outlines initiatives under way at the nuclear power station to reduce water consumption and desalinate groundwater. Cape Town is in a drought crisis, and it is predicted that this will certainly not be the city’s last water crisis. Dam... 

Column: Koeberg aims to ease Cape Town's water woes through desalination

Opinion: PBMRs could be built in old power stations due to be decommissioned 

     25th May 2017 The African Utility week saw an important and welcome announcement. Eskom’s Chief nuclear officer revealed that Eskom was reconsidering the Pebble Bed Modular reactor (PBMR). For whatever reason, work on this ground-breaking project was stopped by the South African Government in 2010. The latest... 

Opinion: PBMRs could be built in old power stations due to be decommissioned
Rob Jeffrey

NNR CEO elected president of nuclear safety convention review meeting

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been elected to serve as president of the sixth review meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management and Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. The joint convention was adopted on September 5, 1997, and... 

SA to start renegotiating nuclear accords next month – Energy Minister 

By: African News Agency      19th May 2017 The South African government will start renegotiating its inter-governmental agreements on nuclear cooperation with five nations, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said on Friday. This comes after the government decided last week not to appeal a high court ruling that effectively halted... 

Advances in PBMR designs demonstrate possible cost, efficiency benefits – Eskom 

By: Kim Cloete     19th May 2017 Advances have been made in the new Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) design, which show promise for being both cheaper and less complicated than previous designs, says Eskom. The design for PBMRs were initially developed in South Africa. Research into PBMRs was mothballed in 2010, but has since... 

Thyspunt nuclear power plant would bring great benefits to the region – CDC 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2017 The Eastern Cape is holding out hope that the planned Thyspunt nuclear power plant will be built in the province despite the nuclear deal being put on ice for now. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) energy business development manager Sandisiwe Ncemane said the plant would hold great economic... 

No corruption in nuclear negotiations, Eskom chief nuclear officer assures 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2017 Eskom’s chief nuclear officer David Nicholls is still firmly committed to the principle that nuclear is the way to go for a sustainable energy future and says he knows of no corruption in negotiations on a deal to procure new nuclear energy capacity. “I’ve been in the middle of this deal for... 

Necsa signs skills-related MoU with French utility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and French electric utility company Electricité de France (EDF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance training of and development of technical skills and, for the continuous education and training of technicians, in the... 

DoE won’t appeal nuclear ruling, but Kubayi leaves door open for new nuclear determination ahead of IRP update 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced on Saturday that government would not appeal the April 26 ruling of the Western Cape High Court, which declared the processes hitherto used to procure new nuclear capacity to be unconstitutional and illegal, along with three nuclear-related... 

DoE won’t appeal nuclear ruling, but Kubayi leaves door open for new nuclear determination ahead of IRP update
Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi

Atomic agency looks to increase assistance to nuclear hopefuls

     12th May 2017 Nuclear energy organisation, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom have reached an agreement that is aimed at strengthening IAEA assistance to member States that are considering introducing or expanding nuclear power programmes. Under... 

Atomic agency looks to increase assistance to nuclear hopefuls
Photo by Duane Daws
NUCLEAR AMBITIONS Ghana may soon erect a nuclear power station, making it the second African country to do so

Court ruling means new approach needed for SA’s nuclear programme

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) called for “caution and common sense” in the press release it issued on April 28 in response to the Western Cape High Court judgement on April 26, which set aside as unconstitutional and unlawful certain policy decisions and intergovernmental... 

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