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Nuclear Energy

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... 

Focus on future uranium tech amid subdued price

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 With innovations in the extraction and application of uranium constantly being made, the Uranium 2017 International Conference will provide a platform for the discussion of advances in the industry and a forum for generating new ideas. 

Focus on future uranium tech amid subdued price
LOCATION IS KEY The Uranium 2017 International Conference will include a site visit to Rio Tinto’s Rössing mine – the longest running uranium mine in the world

Nuclear energy provides secure, clean, affordable baseload power

By: Nadine James     12th May 2017 Nuclear energy is the only provider of secure, reliable, clean and affordable baseload power that, from a total lifecycle cost perspective, offers one of the most affordable electricity sources, states the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa). Niasa supply chain development... 

Nuclear energy provides secure, clean, affordable baseload power
Photo by Duane Daws
PELINDABA Some South African companies have already achieved local nuclear regulatory standards and requirements and have been implementing them on the Koeberg and Pelindaba's Research Reactor with success

Nuclear is too expensive, too controversial

By: Nadine James     12th May 2017 Implementing a nuclear build programme in South Africa would be extremely difficult because of the associated expenses as well as the controversy surrounding nuclear power, says financial services company Thomson Reuters. “Globally, government decisions regarding nuclear programmes are delayed... 

Nuclear is too expensive, too controversial
ROBERT FISH The costs associated with constructing the necessary infrastructure added to the costs of importing most of the nuclear technology, fuel and materials, will incur large amounts of debt

Economic status hinders nuclear developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 The development of the proposed nuclear energy project in South Africa could become increasingly difficult to complete, should the economy be downgraded to junk status by credit rating companies. According to advisory firm KPMG global infrastructure major projects advisory head De Buys Scott,... 

Economic status hinders nuclear developments
DE BUYS SCOTT As long as the nuclear project remains affordable, South Africa can look forward to a cleaner, larger source of baseload energy

Nuclear energy not a threat for renewables

     6th May 2016 Renewable energy producers who believe the new nuclear build programme could mean an end to business and the derailment of renewable energy targets can sleep easy, says Sandton-based corporate and commercial law firm Werkmans Attorneys director Happy Masondo. She notes that the derailment of... 

Nuclear energy not a threat for renewables
Photo by Duane Daws
TINA JOEMAT-PETTERSSON As of 2015 a total of 6 300 MW of renewable energy has been procured to be generated from renewable energy sources

Nuclear energy obvious solution to SA power problems

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 The nuclear new build programme, which is projected to supply the South African grid with 9.6 GW, will be a major step towards resolving South Africa’s power problems, says Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) sub-Saharan Africa VP Viktor Polikarpov. “ . . . for South Africa to... 

Nuclear energy obvious solution  to SA power problems
VIKTOR POLIKARPOV Rosatom is focused on providing tailored nuclear solutions to lower the cost of a unit of electricity

Nuclear project affordability a concern for industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 Owing to the current global economic climate, South Africa’s nuclear procurement deal has had several industry professionals questioning whether the country will be able to afford the projected R1-trillion project. “Currently, there is still a lot of market debate on whether South Africa can... 

Nuclear project affordability a concern for industry
COAL BASELOAD POWER In South Africa, the reality is that coal baseload is the most cost-effective power option as there is direct access to the raw materials

Safety prioritised at Niasa workshop

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 Safety culture across the nuclear value chain was in the spotlight at the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) workshop, held at the Country Club Johannesburg on April 8.  Although the road to nuclear compliance was highlighted, the main theme of the workshop was the safety... 

Safety prioritised at Niasa workshop
Photo by Bloomberg
NUCLEAR SAFETY To curb major nuclear incidents of the same magnitude as Chernobyl, in Ukraine, and Fukushima, in Japan, all the role-players have to commit to the core values of nuclear energy

Environmentalists take energy minister to high court

By: Dylan Stewart     8th May 2015 South African Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has agreed to increase the level of financial security for Koeberg from R2.4-billion to R6.1-billion. This follows the court case taken out by Global environmentalist organisation Greenpeace over Joemat-Pettersson’s failure to update South... 

Govt about to enter nuclear procurement

By: Dylan Stewart     8th May 2015 Having completed the preprocurement phase of South Africa’s nuclear build programme, government has now entered into the next stage of the procurement phase, says Department of Energy (DoE) Nuclear Energy deputy director-general Zizamele Mbambo. 

India begins study into molten salt breeder reactor

     8th May 2015 In the newly published Thorium Energy Report (ThoriumEnergyReport.org) India reported that it has initiated studies on a conceptual design of the Indian Molten Salt Breeder Reactor (IMBSR) 

Nuclear waste remains a massive problem, says mechanical engineer

By: Dylan Stewart     8th May 2015 Despite attempts by nuclear power lobbyists to assuage global concerns about nuclear waste, University of South Africa (Unisa) college of law lecturer and power plant mechanical engineer Dr Khaled Qasaymeh tells Engineering News that the issue of nuclear waste is the one problem to which the... 

Treasury provided no input into nuclear

By: Dylan Stewart     8th May 2015 South African President Jacob Zuma’s affirmation of the country’s sourcing 9 600 MW of new-generation capacity by 2030 from nuclear did not involve any input from National Treasury. 

‘Nuclear renaissance’ – professor

     8th May 2015 Britain is undergoing a ‘nuclear renaissance’ and there was a new dynamism in the country’s nuclear industry, said British governmental foreign organisation the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office chief scientific adviser Professor Robin Grimes during his address at the National Science and... 

‘Nuclear renaissance’ – professor
ROBIN GRIMES Britain is undergoing a nuclear renaissance

Brics Ministers meet on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit

     3rd October 2014 South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane convened a Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) foreign/international relations Ministers’ meeting in March on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit, in The Hague, Netherlands. The... 

Clarity required on drivers of policy decision

     3rd October 2014 In his State of the Nation Address in June, President Jacob Zuma fleetingly highlighted government’s support of a strategy to raise nuclear generation capacity in South Africa (quoting the potential for the addition of over 9 000 MW of nuclear capacity), while highlighting shale gas and nuclear... 

Nuclear energy should contribute half of new power generation by 2025 

     3rd October 2014 Owing to electricity consumption in South Africa increasing rapidly since 1980, South Africa needs 40 GW of new power generation by 2025, about half of which should be nuclear energy, says State-utility Eskom. Eskom supplies about 95% of South Africa's electricity and about 45% of Africa's. Of... 

Nuclear industry remains dormant

By: Jonathan Rodin     3rd October 2014 The South African nuclear energy industry is currently dormant, but has the potential to “kick back into life” with adequate long-term planning and preparation, says engineering consulting firm GIBB power and energy GM Paul Fitzsimons. South Africa has one nuclear power station – State-owned... 

Power yield to increase by 10%

By: Jonathan Rodin     3rd October 2014 Nuclear power company Areva will design, manufacture and install six steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant near Cape Town, in the Western Cape, which will increase State-owned utility Eskom’s power yield by 10%, says an Areva spokesperson. This will represent an additional 90 MW... 

SA future power needs uncertain, says consultancy  

     3rd October 2014 Given the current dampened state of national economic growth – with gross domestic product (GDP) growing at 1.9% in 2013 versus government’s long-term target of 4% to 5% – and industry’s rising focus on energy efficiency, the future of electricity demand within South Africa is anything but... 

Nuclear exercise handled well – NNR manager

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2013 The planned nuclear emergency exercise, held by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) last month at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, was deemed successful. "From what I've seen, Necsa seems to have activated its emergency structures and... 

Nuclear programme needs greater government commitment  

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2013 Many companies are reluctant to commit to South Africa's proposed nuclear programme until government shows a stronger commitment, states Global manufacturing and engineering company DCD. 

Nuclear programme needs greater government commitment
DCD nuclear business development manager Alan Reid discusses a 59% threshold for governments proposed nuclear energy roll-out plan. Camerawork and editing: Bruce Smyth.

Researching safer nuclear technology

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2013 One of the focus areas of the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Institutional Research Theme on Energy (IRT/E) is research on the effectiveness of using silicon carbide as a fuel cladding tube instead of zircalloy in light-water reactors, says UP professor Johan Slabber, who lectures on nuclear... 

SA must decide on next baseload power station

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2013 South Africa, which currently has a power supply deficit, is at a point where, if it does not decide on its next baseload power station, it runs the risk of being unable to improve the current energy constraint situation, professional services firm Deloitte leader for infrastructure and power... 

SA’s nuclear programme can be realised 

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2013 There is not a shortage of the underlying capability needed to realise the nuclear programme and associated infrastructure, provided it is planned and programmed properly, states consulting and engineering firm Gibbs’ general manager for power & energy, Paul Fitzsimons, adding that there are no... 

Nuclear engineering research not sufficient

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th August 2012 Although much research is being done in South Africa on nuclear medical applications, such as radioisotope production, as well as proton and neutron therapy, very little research is being conducted on nuclear engineering applications in South Africa, says North-West University (NWU) School of... 

Nuclear programme aims to create thinkers, problem solvers

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th August 2012 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Physics has already taken steps to make it possible for students to enter a career in the South African nuclear new build programme, envisaged by government through the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), by means of a BSc Nuclear Sciences and... 

Nuclear project development needs to reach feasibility

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th August 2012 There is much work to do in terms of project development, to get State-owned power utility Eskom’s nuclear build programme to a feasibility stage, says professional services firm KPMG South Africa director of global infrastructure Mohsin Seedat. 

Stigma attached to nuclear industry must be removed

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th August 2012 South Africa’s nuclear industry should engage more with the public in creating awareness of the benefits of the nuclear industry, says South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society chairperson Fionah Khathi. 

Corporation launches microfocus X-ray machine

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2011 A new microfocus X-ray radiography and tomography machine, for use by South African scientists and researchers, has been launched by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) at its Pelindaba complex, near Hartebeespoort, in the North West. 

Nuclear research paralysis in SA despite nuclear build programme

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2011 The announcement of the closure of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project has affected the prominence given to high-temperature nuclear research in South Africa, leading to the shunning of such research, despite interest and funding from international countries and organisations seeking to... 

Concerns about a nuclear-powered South Africa 

By: Tracy Hancock     8th October 2010 While Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has said that a fleet of six nuclear power stations is on the cards for South Africa, local umbrella group Coalition Against Nuclear Energy (Cane) believes that there are many unanswered questions pertaining to the use of nuclear energy as an answer to South... 

Ensuring nuclear best practice for a safe South Africa

By: sue charlton     8th October 2010 Nuclear power is often in the headlines as a potential source of energy for South Africa. The debate on the safety of nuclear installations and how it affects the environment and the impact upon those living nearby is one that constantly makes the front pages in the media.  

IRP to determine SA’s need for nuclear

By: Tracy Hancock     8th October 2010 Before South Africa sees the construction of another nuclear power station, there are many milestones that must be achieved, State-owned power utility Eskom tells Engineering News. “The decision on whether South Africa will build more nuclear power stations will be informed by the Integrated... 

Nuclear needed to supply SA’s baseload electricity – Necsa

By: Tracy Hancock     8th October 2010 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) believes that, as South Africa requires an increasing base-load electricity supply, nuclear is the best option in terms of electricity generation technology.  

Consulting firm has 
expertise for SA’s 
developing nuclear 
industry

     20th August 2010 As many countries around the world prepare to further develop nuclear power, South Africa is alert to the trend and has the expertise ready to meet the demand for local nuclear energy, reports consulting engineers and scientists firm SRK Cape Town corporate consultant and partner Peter Rosewarne. 

Developing the country’s youth

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th August 2010 After the 2010 International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) in July, which celebrated its tenth anniversary and was hosted in South Africa for the first time, the country’s Department of Energy (DOE) and the IYNC aim to continue to develop youth in the nuclear industry, as well as promote the... 

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