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Nuclear News

Eskom tests appetite for ‘commercialisation’ of PBMR technologies, assets

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is seeking to dispose of its Pebble Bed Modular Reactor technology and remaining assets. It recently issued an Expression of Interest (EOI), regarding the “commercialisation of Pebble Bed Modular Reactor SOC [State-Owned Company] Ltd (PBMR), design,... 

Eskom seeks commercialisation offers for PBMR technologies and assets

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2020 Eskom has issued a request for an Expression of Interest (EOI) regarding the “commercialisation of Pebble Bed Modular Reactor SOC [State-Owned Company] Ltd (PBMR), design, development, manufacturing, and construction of [a] Small Modular Reactor and supply of TRISO [Tristructural Isotropic]... 

Local radioisotope company reports strong recovery 

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st January 2020 South African State-owned nuclear technology company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP) announced on Tuesday that it had regained 80% of its market share for the medical radioisotope Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). NTP is one of three large global producers and suppliers of Mo-99, but, from November 2017 to November... 

Local radioisotope company reports strong recovery
Photo by NTP
NTP Radioisotopes MD Tina Eboka

Necsa board resigns

By: Reuters     15th January 2020 The remaining board members at troubled South African State nuclear company Necsa have resigned, the energy ministry said on Wednesday, adding that officials would prioritise new appointments to the board. Necsa is one of the world's largest producers of medical radioisotopes and promotes... 

Dept confirms resignation of remaining nuclear board members   

By: News24Wire      15th January 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has confirmed the resignation of the remaining members of the Board of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa. Earlier on Wednesday Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe told reporters he had not yet received any... 

Dept confirms resignation of remaining nuclear board members
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

No nuclear board resignations, but I wouldn’t stop them – Mantashe

By: News24Wire      15th January 2020 Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe told reporters on Wednesday morning that he had not received any resignations from the current board members of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa), but would not stop them if they wished to leave. This came after energy... 

 No nuclear board resignations, but I wouldn’t stop them – Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Cabinet wants De Ruyter to take over at Eskom sooner 

By: African News Agency      17th December 2019 The final Cabinet meeting of 2019 mandated Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to negotiate with Andre de Ruyter to take up his duties as the new Eskom CEO earlier than the set date. De Ruyter, currently CEO of packaging firm Nampak, was set to take up the Eskom top job on January 15.... 

Cabinet wants De Ruyter to take over at Eskom sooner
Photo by Creamer Media
Newly appointed Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter

South African nuclear industry body announces new president 

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th December 2019 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) announced, on Tuesday, that it had appointed a new president, with effect from this month. He is Professor Itumeleng Mosala. The association has also appointed two special advisers to its board, namely Dr Pali Lehohla and Silas Zimu. “Prof... 

Waste storage at Africa's only nuclear plant brimming 

By: Reuters     25th November 2019 Spent fuel storage at South Africa's Koeberg nuclear plant will reach full capacity by April as state power utility Eskom awaits regulatory approval for new dry storage casks, the company said on Monday. Storage of high-level radioactive waste is a major environmental concern in the region, as... 

UK provides funding for small nuclear reactor programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd November 2019 Britain’s quasi-autonomous national research and development (R&D) agency UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) confirmed early this month that it had released £18-million in funding to a British industrial consortium developing a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR). The consortium, which has been... 

UK govt's investment in small nuclear reactor programme confirmed

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th November 2019 Britain’s quasi-autonomous national research and development agency UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) confirmed on Tuesday that it had released £18-million in funding to a British industrial consortium developing a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR). The consortium, which has been working on the... 

UK govt's investment in small nuclear reactor programme confirmed
An artist's impression of the SMR nuclear power station being developed by the consortium

Russia’s State-owned nuclear giant is targeting Africa for its growth

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2019 Rosatom is eyeing Africa as one of its “priority regions” to build more nuclear reactors and expand its business. President Vladimir Putin hosted leaders from more than 50 African countries in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in a renewed effort to increase Russia’s presence on the resource-rich... 

The secretive election of the world’s top nuclear peacekeeper

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2019 When the head of the world’s nuclear watchdog died in July, his death was kept secret for four days. Many people didn’t even know Yukiya Amano was sick. The process that will see his post finally filled this week is shrouded in just as much mystery. The ambassadors of the 35 nations on the... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised   

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa will release a request for information (RFI) in the coming weeks to test the market for solutions to close an immediate electricity supply gap of between 2 000 MW and 3 000 MW, which has emerged primarily as a result of a fall in the energy availability factor (EAF) from Eskom’s coal... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 allocations and the need for short-term supply solutions. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.10.2019

Plans to speed up electrification in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     10th October 2019 Africa needs to connect around 73-million people to electricity every year to reach the goal of affordable and sustainable energy for every single African by 2030, says the African Union (AU) Commission. Atef Marzouk, head of the Energy Division of the AU Commission’s Department of Infrastructure... 

Mantashe confident South Africa will have a new energy plan by next week 

By: News24Wire      10th October 2019 Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday that he tabled the Integrated Resource Plan before a Cabinet committee meeting on Wednesday and that he was confident it would be approved at next week's Cabinet meeting. Speaking to delegates at the Oil and Power Conference... 

 Mantashe confident South Africa will have a new energy plan by next week
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Don’t 'declare war among technologies', says Mantashe amid imminent tabling of the IRP  

By: Kim Cloete     8th October 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday said the latest version of government’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) would be tabled before Cabinet next week and would make space for all technologies, ranging from renewables to nuclear. “The promulgation of the updated IRP is... 

Don’t 'declare war among technologies', says Mantashe amid imminent tabling of the IRP
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Nuclear faces climate-fight irrelevance without lower cost

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2019 Catastrophic climate change can still be averted even without increasing one of the biggest sources of carbon-free electricity. That was the message sent to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials on Monday, who convened their first-ever conference exploring how nuclear power could... 

EU states agree to delay 'green' investment guide, leave it open to nuclear, coal

By: Reuters     25th September 2019 An effort to set standards for determining which financial products qualify as "green" should be delayed until the end of 2022, European Union (EU) governments agreed on Wednesday, and might end up including investments in coal and nuclear power. The delay, if confirmed by EU lawmakers, could... 

Korea electricity utility offers knowledge and equipment to SA

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2019 National utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) stands ready to provide electricity and equipment services in South Africa as part of its goal of growing its export business, Kepco small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and start-up VP Hwang Kwang-Soo says. The utility has experience... 

Uganda signs nuclear agreement with Russia

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2019 Uganda and Russia have signed an intergovernmental agreement to cooperate in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the 63rd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday. The document establishes the basis... 

Mantashe expects IRP to go before Cabinet next week

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects the long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to be considered for approval by Cabinet at its next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday September 18. The IRP has not been updated since the IRP2010 was officially... 

Mantashe expects IRP to go before Cabinet next week

Parly committee against retrenchments at Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy is opposed to any retrenchments at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in order to cope with the corporation’s current financial crisis. This was made clear during an oversight visit by the Committee to Necsa, late... 

Former Necsa director responds to earlier CIPC release

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th September 2019 Former South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) director CEO Phumulani Zwane has raised concern that a number of pertinent aspects were not included in an earlier article. On August 12, Engineering News Online published an article, based on a release issued by the Companies and... 

Korea electricity utility offers knowledge and equipment to South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     6th September 2019 National utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) stands ready to provide electricity and equipment services in South Africa as part of its goal of growing its export business, Kepco small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and start-up VP Kwang-Soo Hwang said on Thursday. The utility has... 

Eskom confident of avoiding summer load-shedding but does not rule it out  

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2019 State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday said it was unlikely that there would be any load-shedding over the next seven months as the utility’s generation performance was starting to improve. The embattled utility had managed to avoid load-shedding for 164 consecutive days, with an average... 

Eskom confident of avoiding summer load-shedding but does not rule it out
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Parliamentary Committee opposed to retrenchments at Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th August 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy is opposed to any retrenchments at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in order to cope with the corporation’s current financial crisis. This was made clear during an oversight visit by the Committee to Necsa on... 

Parliamentary Committee opposed to retrenchments at Necsa
Photo by Necsa
Necsa logo

South Africa to take 'affordable' approach to nuclear – Mantashe 

By: Reuters     20th August 2019 South Africa will consider adding nuclear power capacity in an affordable way as part of its long-term plans, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Mantashe would not give a timeframe for any nuclear new build, saying the government's energy plan needed to be... 

South Africa to take 'affordable' approach to nuclear – Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Nuclear body supports Mantashe’s pronuclear comments

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th August 2019 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has welcomed the recent (July 11) budget speech by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. In his speech the Minister reaffirmed that nuclear power had a place in the country’s energy mix. “To say nuclear energy is too... 

The UK makes further investments in small modular reactor technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th August 2019 The British Government has announced that it is investing £18-million in a small modular reactor (SMR) project being developed by a consortium of companies led by Rolls-Royce. It will also invest up to £40-million in research and development grants for up to four advanced modular reactor (AMR)... 

SAREC dismisses Eskom claim that IPPs account for 25% of its primary energy costs  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st July 2019 The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has questioned an Eskom claim that independent power producers (IPPs) accounted for 25% of its primary energy costs in 2018/19, while supplying only 5% of the grid’s energy requirements. In a statement released following the release of financial... 

SAREC dismisses Eskom claim that IPPs account for 25% of its primary energy costs

Radical plan to stem Necsa losses proposed, then withdrawn, by board

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th July 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) suffered cumulative losses of R257.781-million in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years and is expected to announce an even larger loss of R294.265-million in 2018/19, resulting in cumulative losses over the three-year period of... 

IRP to be out of date by time of Cabinet approval as a result of protracted talks 

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2019 The protracted nature of the ongoing consultation process for updating the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will result in the plan being immediately out of date when Cabinet finally approves it later this year. In fact, South African Independent Power Producer Association general-secretary Dave... 

IRP to be out of date by time of Cabinet approval as a result of protracted talks

Britain makes further investments in small modular nuclear reactor technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 2019 The British government has announced that it is investing £18-million in a small modular reactor (SMR) project being developed by a consortium of companies led by Rolls-Royce. It will also invest up to £40-million in research and development grants for up to four advanced modular reactor (AMR)... 

Nuclear industry body expresses support for Minerals Resources and Energy Minister

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 2019 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) announced on Wednesday that it welcomed the recent (July 11) budget speech by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. In his speech the Minister reaffirmed that nuclear power had a place in the country’s energy mix. “To say... 

Ayanda Myoli appointed as acting Necsa CEO as Robertson departs 

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation has confirmed that Ayanda Myoli has been appointed acting CEO at the troubled State-owned enterprise, following the departure of Don Robertson at the end of June. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has been informed of Myoli’s... 

Ayanda Myoli appointed as acting Necsa CEO as Robertson departs
Ayanda Myoli

Radical plan to stem Necsa losses proposed and then withdrawn by board  

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th July 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation suffered cumulative losses of R257.78-million in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years and is expected to announce an even larger loss of R294.27-million for 2018/19, resulting in cumulative losses of R552.05-million for the three-year period. The... 

Radical plan to stem Necsa losses proposed and then withdrawn by board
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s Pelindaba complex
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