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Nuclear News

Nuclear advocate contests ‘unrealistic’ renewables scenarios

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 Australian-founded and -based, globally-active, non-governmental organisation Bright New World argues that nuclear energy has a key role to play in ensuring both economic development and environmental sustainability. “Our goal is a stable climate, human development and a rich nature,” explains... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

UK Minister forecasts major nuclear expansion over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, at the... 

Eskom, CDC sign MoU in preparation for possible Thyspunt nuclear build

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2017 As South Africa “gears up” for its Nuclear New Build Programme (NNBP), State-owned power utility Eskom has joined hands with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as its partner on the ground at the preferred Thyspunt site, in the Eastern Cape, for the construction of the programme’s first... 

Earthlife’s application to stop nuclear waste smelter construction fails

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 Environmental activist organisation Earthlife Africa has lost a court application against the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) to stop the construction and use of a small nuclear waste smelter. On Tuesday, Judge Pierre Rabie dismissed Earthlife’s application in the High Court in... 

AFD sets aside €1.3bn to support high social impact South African projects

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2017 French development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) expects to disburse €1.3-billion in funding support to South African projects in the coming five years as part of a newly approved operational strategy for the country. AFD says the funding will take the form of nonsovereign... 

Nearly £1-trillion to be invested in nuclear energy globally over 20 years 

By: Keith Campbell     1st March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, on... 

Nearly £1-trillion to be invested in nuclear energy globally over 20 years
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UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox

Russian nuclear deal places massive liability on South Africans 

By: News24Wire      27th February 2017 A nuclear agreement with Russia has far-reaching consequences for the budget the Western Cape High Court heard on Friday, as it places all liability for a nuclear accident on South Africa, while indemnifying Russia completely. David Unterhalter, SC, appearing for Earthlife Africa and the Southern... 

Kenya reins in 5 000 MW power plan amid surplus worries

By: John Muchira     24th February 2017 The Kenya has shelved plans to increase installed electricity generation capacity to 5 000 MW in the immediate future is it is concerned that this could leave the country with excess capacity Previously, the East African country intended to implement a "5 000 MW by 2018 project" to attract... 

Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2017 The steep decline in wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) costs means that South Africa will not need to make the traditional trade-off between investing in either clean or least-cost electricity production, as the “cost-optimal mix” for South Africa is now also the cleanest, research conducted by... 

Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost

Manufacturing sector to benefit from nuclear new build programme – Lesedi

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Government and the broader public should realise that nuclear is “the right way to go” to meet South Africa’s future energy needs, says Lesedi Nuclear Services CEO Francis Carruthers, adding that the nuclear new build programme will hold significant downstream benefits in terms of local... 

Nuclear deal – The calm before the storm? 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 National Treasury’s 2017 Budget Review and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s speech kept a wide berth from mentioning nuclear energy, following President Jacob Zuma’s cue in his 2017 State of the Nation Address.As anti-nuclear energy protesters chanted "no, no nuclear power" outside Parliament on... 

Coordination key to successful nuclear new build programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 There is a pressing need for a clear definition of the roles different governmental departments, power utility Eskom and other industry participants will play in the nuclear new build programme, as there is a currently “chaos around who is doing what job”. This was the overall theme that emerged... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy
LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP Members of the Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries have been involved in the South African energy sector since 2013

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution
BOOSTING ENERGY The Africa Energy Indaba brings together politicians and energy luminaries to envision and catalyse decisions that will enhance access to energy

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects
TSIDISO DISENYANA Foreign investment is targeted at establishing Africa’s green economy, therefore renewables will become a driver of socioeconomic growth

South Africans appointed to top nuclear positions abroad and at home

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General (DG) Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE). Tshelane will serve as a member of the Group for two years. The Group... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba
DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES The Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors

Nuclear industry association announces deputy president of board

By: Keith Campbell     7th February 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) announced on Tuesday that Sandisiwe Ncemane has been appointed deputy president of its board with effect from January 1. She is a professional engineer with a Master of Engineering (Engineering Management) degree from the University of... 

Nuclear industry association announces deputy president of board
Photo by Niasa
Sandisiwe Ncemane

SA Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO appointed to global advisory group

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2017 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE), it was announced on Sunday. Tshelane will serve as a member of the group for two... 

SA Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO appointed to global advisory group
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Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane

French Finance Minister calls for 'fully transparent' nuclear procurement process

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2017 French Minister of Finance and Economy Michel Sapin has urged the South African authorities to adopt a “fully transparent” approach to the procurement of new nuclear capacity, arguing that France is not afraid of transparency, or competition. Speaking through a translator in Pretoria on Friday at... 

French Finance Minister calls for 'fully transparent' nuclear procurement process
Photo by Duane Daws
Michel Sapin

Eskom receives 27 nuclear RFI ‘acknowledgement’ forms

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2017 South African electricity utility Eskom has confirmed receipt of 27 ‘acknowledgement forms’ formally notifying the State-owned group of an intention to respond to its Nuclear New Build Programme request for information (RFI). It has also confirmed that notifications were received from major... 

Eskom receives 27 nuclear RFI ‘acknowledgement’ forms

France’s EDF declares intention to respond to Eskom’s nuclear RFI

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2017 The French nuclear industry, led by electricity utility EDF, formally declared its intention on Wednesday to submit a response to the Nuclear New Build Programme request for information (RFI), which was released by South Africa’s Eskom on December 20. The announcement by EDF followed reports that... 

France’s EDF declares intention to respond to Eskom’s nuclear RFI
EDF's Flamanville 3 reactor under development in north-western France

DoE resumes IEP, IRP public consultations

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2017 The Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) public consultation workshops on the updated draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will resume in Limpopo on Wednesday. This followed on the first series of public consultation sessions, which were held in Gauteng,... 

Opinion: South Africa at an electricity crossroads 

     23rd January 2017 In this commentary, independent economic consultant Rob Jeffrey cautions that a future electricity mix which relies heavily on wind and limits the contribution of coal could undermine South Africa’s plans for addressing unemployment and poverty 

Opinion: South Africa at an electricity crossroads
Rob Jeffrey

IAEA says SA nuclear regulator effective, but warns on control gaps in health

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is in good shape, but the oversight of radiation safety in the country, which is the responsibility of the Directorate of Radiation Control of the Department of Health, could be improved. These were findings of an Integrated Regulatory Review... 

Eskom takes issue with negative reporting on nuclear expansion plans

By: African News Agency      13th January 2017 Eskom on Friday said the public discourse on its nuclear procurement plans was biased, lacked intellectual depth and failed to grasp the technical complexities or the social benefits of the programme. Responding to an article in Business Day, Eskom’s head of corporate affairs, Chose Choeu,... 

Bouygues clinches €1.7bn Hinkley Point C construction contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 French firm EDF has contracted Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, in a consortium with British company Laing O’Rourke, to construct the buildings that will house the two European Pressurised Reactor (ERP) nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, England.... 

Surprise move to make Eskom nuke procurer ‘unlawful’, court told

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 The environmentalist groups taking the Department of Energy (DoE) to court over the nuclear procurement programme claim its decision in late 2016 to make Eskom the nuclear energy procurer was unlawful. This view is contained in an answering affidavit filed by Earthlife SA and the Southern African... 

Surprise move to make Eskom nuke procurer ‘unlawful’, court told

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2017 The Department of Energy (DoE) has formally extended the period for public comment on the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case until March 31. The closing date for written comment was initially set as February 15, after the two plans were... 

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March

Eskom welcomes ConCourt judgment around Koeberg tender

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Eskom on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the Constitutional Court to dismiss the application by nuclear services provider Westinghouse to review the award of the tender for the replacement of the six steam generators at the Koeberg power station, in Cape Town. Eskom had, in June 2012, called... 

Eskom welcomes ConCourt judgment around Koeberg tender

Eskom releases nuclear RFI

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 State-owned power provider Eskom on Wednesday released a request for information (RFI) to the market for its nuclear new build programme, which will add 9 600 MW to the national power grid when completed. The RFI aims to gather data including experience related to recent nuclear project... 

Eskom releases nuclear RFI

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator hosts international nuclear mission

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited South Africa from December 5 to December 15. The purpose of the IRRS mission was to examine South Africa’s nuclear regulatory system and compare it with the IAEA’s safety standards and... 

South African nuclear regulator effective, but health dept's radiation control lacks capacity – IAEA

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2016 South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is in good shape, but the oversight of radiation safety in the country, which is the responsibility of the Directorate of Radiation Control of the Department of Health, could be improved. These were findings reported at a press conference on... 

South African nuclear regulator effective, but health dept's radiation control lacks capacity – IAEA
Photo by Duane Daws
National Nuclear Regulator CEO Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka

NGOs express concern about Eskom’s involvement in nuclear build programme

By: Kim Cloete     14th December 2016 Several organisations attending public hearings in Cape Town have expressed concern about conflict of interest in Eskom’s involvement in the nuclear new build programme.  “Nuclear will not easily be accepted by the population. It is heavily contested. If you go down the nuclear path, it needs to... 

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 State-owned Eskom on Tuesday welcomed the Council for Geoscience’s (CGS’s) confirmation that there are no geological, bedrock topography or seismological problems at the proposed Thyspunt nuclear site that could possibly disqualify the area for the construction of a nuclear installation. In... 

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development

Eskom insists Koeberg not affected by manufacturing anomalies afflicting French reactors 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2016 South African electricity utility Eskom insisted on Tuesday that the Koeberg nuclear power station, located in the Western Cape, is not affected by manufacturing anomalies that have afflicted the French nuclear industry this year, resulting in several reactor outages. The State-owned company... 

Eskom insists Koeberg not affected by manufacturing anomalies afflicting French reactors
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