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May 16, 2014
LIGHTS ON Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan estimates that Eskom will be able to manage the grid this winter
Despite differing views in industry, State-owned power generation utility Eskom can still generate sufficient power to keep the lights on, even while functioning on a tight reserve margin and with industry not firing on all cylinders, states global growth consulting...
May 16, 2014
ENERGY REVOLUTION Total renewable power capacity worldwide exceeded 1 470 GW in 2012
While State-owned power utility Eskom, with support from government, needs an ambitious and transformative plan to produce, consume and share energy in the country, South Africa is naturally geared towards significant renewable- energy production, states independent...
May 16, 2014
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Russian nuclear fuel fabricator Tvel, part of the Russian State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group, is offering Eskom its TVS-K type of nuclear fuel assembly. The South African national electricity utility operates two nuclear power reactors at its Koeberg power...
May 02, 2014
Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants. So warned Eskom Transmission Division Energy Planning and Market Development Department Power System Economics chief adviser Keith Bowen, addressing a...
Apr 30, 2014
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Medupi
Alstom on Wednesday said it was considering a binding offer from General Electric (GE) to acquire its energy assets, leaving the France-headquartered company to expand its transport sector activities. The deal, representing an equity value of €12.35-billion and an...
Apr 16, 2014
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DoE promotional material
South African nonprofit environmental organisation Project 90 by 2030 has filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa against the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recent promotion of nuclear energy. The complaint, in which the...
Apr 15, 2014
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Koeberg
South Africa may have difficulty in financing new nuclear power plants (NPPs), an Academy of Science of South Africa symposium in Pretoria has been warned. The concern was expressed by University of Cape Town Energy Research Centre director Professor Harald Winkler....
Apr 15, 2014
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Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants. So warned Eskom Transmission Division Energy Planning and Market Development Department power system economics: chief adviser Keith Bowen, addressing an...
Apr 11, 2014
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Apr 04, 2014
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Mar 26, 2014
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UK special representative on climate change Sir David King
UK special representative on climate change Sir David King believes South Africa is well placed to take advantage of strongly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices to deal cost effectively with its prevailing electricity shortfalls, while also lowering its carbon...
Mar 26, 2014
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) this week officially unveiled a new training centre that would “catapult” South Africa’s nuclear protection status to new levels, said the centre’s acting CEO Xolisa Mabhongo. The DTI contributed R3-million towards...
Mar 18, 2014
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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
Although the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, set the global nuclear energy sector back, this has since been overcome. So affirmed US Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel...
Mar 18, 2014
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Minister of Energy Dikobe Ben Martins
South African Minister of Energy Dikobe Ben Martins has stated that the government has a major long-term objective in the nuclear sector: "to be self-sufficient in all aspects of the nuclear chain". (The entire nuclear chain includes uranium mining, enrichment,...
Mar 18, 2014
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South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane has urged the local nuclear sector to adopt a different approach in promoting the expansion of nuclear energy in South Africa. "We have to talk about nuclear today," he affirmed in...
Mar 18, 2014
The total energy capacity in Africa’s 54 member States is equal to that of Germany and Denmark alone, while 585-million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. Putting these facts on the table, South Africa’s deputy director-general of energy, Dr...
Mar 17, 2014
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Improving energy infrastructure on the African continent will unleash investments, drive jobs and drive down pollution, US Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman has told the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town. An upbeat Poneman said while energy costs in...
Mar 07, 2014
Power Evacuation 220 kV transmission lines will evacuate electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydroelectric plant
Construction of transmission lines to evacuate power from a regional hydroelectric project in East Africa, which was hanging on the balance following the withdrawal of financing by key partners, is now back on track. After six months of uncertainty, the African...
Mar 05, 2014
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South Africa and China were considering a proposed agreement that would likely see the Asian giant participate more in the development of South Africa’s nuclear projects. Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins said on Wednesday that China had expressed interest in South...
Feb 17, 2014
Days after President Jacob Zuma confirmed in his State of the Nation address that government would move ahead with the procurement of new nuclear capacity, the Department of Energy (DoE) indicated that it planned to appoint an adviser to assess the economic impact of...
 
 
 
 
Jan 31, 2014
With ongoing electricity price increases, embedded generation – connecting small-scale energy producers with the electricity distribution network – is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect in South Africa. Both solar and wind energy have become a lot cheaper...
Jan 20, 2014
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Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to...
Dec 11, 2013
French nuclear vendor Areva has welcomed the publication of the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update report, notwithstanding its proposal that the integration of new nuclear capacity should be delayed and scaled back, or even abandoned entirely should the...
Dec 06, 2013
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DIKOBE BEN MARTINS Ensure that South Africa can compete with the rest of the world
South African Energy Minister Ben Martins has affirmed that the government wants the country to be globally competitive in the nuclear sector. "Our responsibility has always been ... to ensure that, in nuclear energy, South Africa can compete with the rest of the...
Dec 06, 2013
BIRD’S-EYE VIEW An aerial shot of the Necsa complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria
One of the biggest challenges facing South African industry when it comes to participating in the country's planned programme to build new nuclear power plants (NPPs) concerns financial guarantees and performance bonds. So warned Nuclear Industries Association of...
Dec 06, 2013
Russia's State-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom is very willing to partner with South African companies should this country select the group to build new nuclear power plants (NPPs) here. These partnerships could include localisation, technology transfer and...
Dec 03, 2013
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The Department of Energy (DoE) has called for public comment on an updated version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030, in which a materially lower demand outlook is projected over the 20-year horizon. In fact, the update anticipates that 6 600 MW less...
Nov 29, 2013
South African Energy Minister Ben Martins and an accompanying delegation visited subsidiaries and facilities of nuclear group Rosatom from November 13 to November 15, the Russian State-owned company recently reported. The South African delegation included South...
Nov 25, 2013
Group Five is already doing work at the Koeberg nuclear power station
The energy-related proportion of Group Five’s R14.7-billion order book as of the end of October has increased to 39%, or R5.7-billion, with power projects comprising R3.4-billion and oil and gas developments the R1.9-billion balance. CEO Mike Upton says power, oil...
Nov 25, 2013
Nuclear Industries Association of South Africa president Dr Rob Adam
One of the biggest challenges facing South African industry when it comes to participating in the country's planned programme to build new nuclear power plants (NPPs) concerns financial guarantees and performance bonds. So warned Nuclear Industries Association of...
 
 
 
 
Nov 25, 2013
Russia's State-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom is very willing to partner with South African companies should this country select the group to build new nuclear power plants (NPPs) here. These partnerships could include localisation, technology transfer and...
Nov 25, 2013
South African Energy Minister Ben Martins has affirmed that the government wants the country to be globally competitive in the nuclear sector. "Our responsibility has always been ... to ensure that, in nuclear energy, South Africa can compete with the rest of the...
Nov 22, 2013
Renowned international engineering cooperative, educational and training, research, outreach and codes and standards development organisation ASME (originally the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, founded in 1880) is ready to help South Africa develop its...
Nov 19, 2013
Energy Minister Ben Martins
South African Energy Minister Ben Martins and an accompanying delegation visited subsidiaries and facilities of nuclear group Rosatom from November 13 to November 15, the Russian State-owned company announced on Monday. The South African delegation included South...
Nov 15, 2013
Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom (Rosatom) is seeking to augment its ability to deliver on the South African government’s localisation requirements for the country’s planned new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. To do so, it is seeking to...
Nov 11, 2013
Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be shut down for over seven weeks for a scheduled refuelling, inspection and maintenance outage, parastatal Eskom has advised. As a result, the system was expected to be “particularly tight” for...
Nov 08, 2013
To develop partnerships with South African companies, the central holding company for Russia's entire nuclear energy complex, State Atomic Nuclear Energy Corporation Rosatom, will hold the regional forum of nuclear industry suppliers ATOMEX Africa in Johannesburg on...
Oct 23, 2013
Investment in projects by State-owned companies, including the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) R123-billion fleet renewal programme, would account for the largest investments in economic infrastructure by the public sector over the medium-term...
Oct 04, 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...
Oct 04, 2013
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Oct 04, 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...
Oct 04, 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...
Oct 04, 2013
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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...
Sep 27, 2013
DAVID EASTON Retired civil engineer highlights the industry and his progression therein from 1930 to 2008
Retired civil engineer David Easton wrote an autobiography of his lifelong career in the civil engineering industry, highlighting the industry and his progression therein from 1930 to 2008 and now gives presentations to high school learners, based on the book, to...
Sep 26, 2013
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
The Department of Energy (DoE) will be undertaking study tours to a number of key nuclear-energy jurisdictions in the coming months ahead of a final nuclear decision, which government still insists will be made before the end of the current financial year, which runs...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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