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Nuclear News

South Africa's new nuclear programme to stimulate coastal industrialisation 

By: Keith Campbell     16th March 2016 South Africa's planned new nuclear power plant (NPP) construction programme will serve to stimulate industrial growth in the country's coastal areas. So affirmed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane on Wednesday. He was giving the opening address... 

Koeberg steam-generator replacement contract at an advanced stage – Areva

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 French nuclear technology group Areva reports that 80% of the procurement associated with a contested contract to supply six replacement steam generators for Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, has been completed and that 30% of the forgings have been delivered for... 

Koeberg steam-generator replacement contract at an advanced stage – Areva
A steam generator being manufactured at Areva's Chalon/Saint-Marcel plant

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) confirmed on Tuesday that it had received, on March 10, two Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications from Eskom for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. The NNR said that both NISL applications had been... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications

French keen to include energy-intensive South African firms as nuclear equity partners 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2016 The French nuclear industry, led by electricity utility EDF, is gearing up in earnest to respond to South Africa’s request for proposals (RFP), which could be released before the end of March. The French President’s special envoy for the France-South Africa Nuclear Partnership, Pascal Colombani,... 

French keen to include energy-intensive South African firms as nuclear equity partners
Photo by Creamer Media
The French would offer the EPR reactor like this one being built in Flamanville

S Africa to issue request for proposals on nuclear build by month’s end, MPs hear

By: African News Agency      9th March 2016 If all goes according to plan, South Africa may be ready to issue a request for proposals (RFP’s) for its planned nuclear energy build programme by month’s end, energy department director-general Thabane Zulu said on Wednesday. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, Zulu... 

S Africa to issue request for proposals on nuclear build by month’s end, MPs hear

French showcase nuclear localisation model as they eye South Africa programme

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2016 Tucked neatly at the base of a seaside cliff on the Normandy coast, in northwestern France, and alongside two more mature looking domed nuclear reactor buildings, EDF’s flagship ERP nuclear project is a hive of construction activity. The 1 650 MW development is running behind schedule, its budget... 

French showcase nuclear localisation model as they eye South Africa programme

New Necsa chairperson promises to do his utmost in the post

By: Keith Campbell     4th March 2016 The new chairperson-designate of the board of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Dr Kelvin Kemm, has thanked Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson for nominating him to the post. Kemm is, among other things, the CEO of Nuclear Africa and a columnist for Engineering News. “I’d... 

New Necsa chairperson promises to do his utmost in the post
Photo by Duane Daws
Necsa chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm

Necsa CEO welcomes appointment of new board members

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2016 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane on Friday welcomed the appointment of new members to the organisation’s board, stating that this would strengthen the corporations’ governance process. Government on Thursday announced the appointment of Dr Kelvin Kemm as... 

Necsa CEO welcomes appointment of new board members

Dr Kelvin Kemm to lead new nuclear board 

By: News24Wire      3rd March 2016 Nuclear Africa CEO Dr Kelvin Kemm has been appointed as chairperson of the embattled South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), according to Cabinet on Thursday. Kemm, a nuclear physicist and regular Fin24 opinion writer, is one of nine new board members that Cabinet approved during their... 

Dr Kelvin Kemm to lead new nuclear board
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Nuclear Africa CEO Dr Kelvinn Kemm

Nuclear engineering research in South Africa awarded further funding

By: Keith Campbell     26th February 2016 The North West University (NWU) Potchefstroom campus announced recently that the National Research Foundation (NRF – a major agency of the Department of Science and Technology) had awarded its School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering a third cycle of funding for the school’s South African... 

Reality undermines nuclear conspiracy theories

By: Keith Campbell     26th February 2016 Since December, when President Jacob Zuma, with unbelievable incompetence, abruptly and, to this day without giving any good or believable reason, dismissed then Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and announced his replacement by little known and low ranking politician David van Rooyen, immediately... 

It could be a ‘year, two, or more’ before SA has nuclear certainty – Gordhan 

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan indicated on Thursday that it could be a “year, or two, or more” before South Africa had certainty on how it would be proceeding with its contentious plan to introduce new nuclear capacity to the electricity mix. In an interview with ENCA the day after Budget 2016,... 

It could be a ‘year, two, or more’ before SA has nuclear certainty – Gordhan
Pravin Gordhan

Joemat-Pettersson wants nuclear under IPP office

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2016 The 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme should be run by the Independent Power Producer's (IPP) office, Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Tuesday. The renewable energy IPP procurement programme has been praised internationally for government’s successful partnership with the... 

Joemat-Pettersson wants nuclear under IPP office

Joemat-Pettersson: We simply have to go nuclear route 

By: News24Wire      17th February 2016 South Africa will continue to build on the success of Koeberg nuclear power station, as the power plant boasts some of the best nuclear scientists and physicists in the world. “We simply have to go the nuclear route,” said Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, “because we don’t have enough... 

Joemat-Pettersson: We simply have to go nuclear route

France promotes its nuclear expertise to South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     17th February 2016 The French government is building its case for supporting South Africa’s nuclear build programme, with a visit to South Africa by the Special Envoy of the French President for the nuclear partnership, Dr Pascal Colombani.  He met with South African government officials and industrial leaders this... 

France promotes its nuclear expertise to South Africa

Areva and Rosatom on nuclear costs, secrecy and the South African tender  

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2016 Nuclear vendor Areva, which is planning to participate in a French industry bid for South Africa’s proposed nuclear build programme, indicated on Tuesday that, in the absence of an actual tender, it was not possible to offer any certainty as to the likely cost of the programme. It has been widely... 

Areva and Rosatom on nuclear costs, secrecy and the South African tender
Areva South Africa MD Dr Yves Guenon and Rosatom regional VP Viktor Polikarpov on the South African nuclear procurement process. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Joemat-Pettersson declines nuclear plans discussion 

By: News24Wire      16th February 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson raised the ire of MPs in the portfolio committee of energy when she declined to discuss her department’s future plans following President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address last Thursday night. Joemat-Pettersson was supposed to tell parliament what the... 

Joemat-Pettersson declines nuclear plans discussion
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Further funding for nuclear engineering research in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     16th February 2016 The North West University (NWU) Potchefstroom campus announced on Tuesday that the National Research Foundation, or the NRF (a major agency of the Department of Science and Technology), had awarded its School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering a third cycle of funding for the school’s South... 

Further funding for nuclear engineering research in South Africa
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The Koeberg nuclear power plant

Nuclear affordability emphasised, as Zuma unveils economic ‘turnaround plan’ 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2016 President Jacob Zuma unveiled the skeleton of what he described as an economic “turnaround plan” in a State of the Nation Address dominated by the current plight of the South African economy, which was unlikely to grow by more than 1% in 2016 and would not nearly approach the 5%-plus levels... 

Nuclear affordability emphasised, as Zuma unveils economic ‘turnaround plan’
President Jacob Zuma

Global interest in nuclear development on the rise, hears Mining Indaba 

By: Kim Cloete     10th February 2016 Amid declining nuclear costs, more nuclear power stations are being constructed now than in any other time in history, according to Australian energy major Peninsula Energy Limited (PEN) CEO Gus Simpson. Addressing delegates at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, Simpson conceded that... 

Global interest in nuclear development on the rise, hears Mining Indaba

Bright future for energy storage

     5th February 2016 The narrow focus on cost may be leading to misconceptions about the real value of energy storage, according to a new report by the World Energy Council (WEC) called ‘E-storage – shifting from cost to value’.  

Bright future for energy storage
Photo by Bloomberg
GO WITH THE FLOW Energy storage devices, such as redox-flow batteries, are becoming more cost effective, which will boost growth in the renewable energy sector

IDZs and policy implementation key to energy-sector development

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The continuous progression of South Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) and special economic zones (SEZs) as well as the implementation of associated legislation are crucial for the sustainable growth of the energy sector, says supply-chain specialist Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL)... 

IDZs and policy  implementation key to  energy-sector development
DE AAR SOLAR FARM Bidvest Panalpina Logistics was instrumental in the Northern Cape solar power project

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart says the value of attending the eighth yearly AEI is that industry stakeholders will meet the right people who can decide on energy transactions and implement them.  

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses
DOING DEALS AND TAKING NAMES The Africa Energy Indaba is a great place to liaise with potential clients and create new partnerships

Special desk set up to help black business with future nuclear opportunities 

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2016 A nuclear energy business desk has been created by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and the Black Business Council. The establishment of the desk was announced on Monday and followed a meeting between the two organisations on Friday. The desk has been set up against the... 

Special desk set up to help black business with future nuclear opportunities
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An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba

Power generation still driving uranium demand, but environmental, health concerns persist

By: Ilan Solomons     29th January 2016 The future of the uranium mining industry will be largely dependent on the price of the commodity and the profitability of uranium mines, while demand for uranium in nuclear power stations and potentially for nuclear weapons remains the main driver for the commodity. This is according to... 

Power generation still driving uranium demand, but environmental, health concerns persist

Antinuclear camp should not snub programme on costs alone, says Niasa MD 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th January 2016 Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) MD Knox Msebenzi has urged South Africans to consider the benefits nuclear energy could hold for the domestic economy.  Amid ongoing debate about government’s announcement that it would proceed with its ambitious nuclear build programme, which... 

Antinuclear camp should not snub programme on costs alone, says Niasa MD

S African delegation inundated by eager energy investors 

By: African News Agency      22nd January 2016 South African Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Friday told a briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that the South African delegation had been inundated with requests for meetings from potential energy investors. “Even before we left South Africa people were... 

S African delegation inundated by eager energy investors
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

New nuclear lacks a business case for South Africa – Lovins 

By: Terence Creamer     13th January 2016 New nuclear power lacks a business case for South Africa, the chief scientist at the American-based Rocky Mountain Institute argues in a strident opinion piece published in the Business Day. In the article, Amory Lovins, who is a strong advocate of energy efficiency and renewable energy,... 

New nuclear lacks a business case for South Africa – Lovins
Amory Lovins

Montalto: Nuclear energy plan will likely fail 

By: News24Wire      5th January 2016 South Africa will likely fail in its quest to develop its nuclear energy capacity, according to emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura. Montalto told Fin24 that if the 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme does see the light of day, it will be a “slimmed down programme spread... 

Montalto: Nuclear energy plan will likely fail

Nuclear energy plan can fail at any point – expert

By: News24Wire      29th December 2015 South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme is far from a done deal and could collapse at any point, according to energy expert Chris Yelland. While Cabinet approved the next stage of the new build plan for 9 600 MW of nuclear power on December 9, Yelland cautioned that there are many hurdles... 

Nuclear energy plan can fail at any point – expert

Nuclear site process not being fast-tracked - Eskom

By: News24Wire      24th December 2015 There is no rush to fast-track the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for South Africa’s first new nuclear power station, a senior Eskom official said on Thursday. Eskom initiated the EIA for the proposed construction of a nuclear power station (termed nuclear 1) in 2006 and is due to... 

Nuclear site process not being fast-tracked - Eskom

Cabinet officially approves nuclear plan

By: News24Wire      24th December 2015 A Government Gazette notice released by the Department of Energy on December 21 has confirmed Cabinet’s decision to move ahead with the 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme. This means the department can now call for quotes for the tendering process to begin. 

Cabinet officially approves nuclear plan
Photo by Duane Daws
SA Cabinet approves 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme.

Gordhan confirms SA to embark on nuclear procurement

By: African News Agency      14th December 2015 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday confirmed a government decision to proceed with nuclear procurement. “There will be a formal procurement process,” Gordhan said at a press conference in Pretoria on Monday. 

Gordhan confirms SA to embark on nuclear procurement

East Africa ripe for energy investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2015 East Africa is emerging as a “hotbed” for energy-related investments, not only for its robust economic growth, but also for its potential to become one of the largest producers and exporters of oil and natural gas in the world, research firm Frost & Sullivan reports. In its ‘East Africa Energy’... 

East Africa ripe for energy investment

S African, French agencies to cooperate on nuclear development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2015 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa has signed a cooperation agreement with the French Nuclear Society to foster the advancement of science and technology in the area of nuclear energy, as well as knowledge-sharing between experts from both countries. The parties stated that the... 

S African, French agencies to cooperate on nuclear development

Nuclear body anxiously preparing for SA move 

By: News24Wire      1st December 2015 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) is not sitting by idly while National Treasury and the Department of Energy mull over the various options for the country’s controversial 9 600 MW nuclear build programme. While Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said she would announce... 

Nuclear body anxiously preparing for SA move

Britain investing in nuclear, will hold small modular nuclear reactor competition

By: Keith Campbell     26th November 2015 In his Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 on Wednesday, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that the UK government was “doubling our spending on energy research with a major commitment to small modular nuclear reactors”. In a document posted on its website, the UK... 

Britain investing in nuclear, will hold small modular nuclear reactor competition
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UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, photographed on Wednesday before delivering his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons

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