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Nuclear News

‘No firm decisions’ on nuclear, Gigaba insists as he seeks to soothe post-junk anxieties

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has reiterated South Africa’s stance that the proposed nuclear programme be implemented only at a “pace and scale” that is affordable and denied that any “firm decisions” had been made on the issue, besides Cabinet’s endorsement of a plan to add 9 600 MW of new... 

High-temperature reactor phoenix emerging from PBMR ashes? 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2017 Early-stage research into the possible revival of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) has yielded a revamped reactor concept that incorporates an entirely new operational philosophy, as well as the use of construction materials and manufacturing techniques that were either not considered or... 

High-temperature reactor phoenix emerging from PBMR ashes?
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls

Treasury shoots down nuclear deal allegations

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2017 National Treasury on Sunday set the record straight on news that was circulating on social media of a nuclear deal allegedly signed by incoming Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. African National Congress (ANC) member Sibusisiwe Mngadi had alleged on Facebook earlier on Sunday that “the nuclear deal... 

Treasury shoots down nuclear deal allegations
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

France sets up new nuclear company as part of restructuring process

By: Keith Campbell     30th March 2017 The latest step in the restructuring of the French nuclear industry was announced on Thursday evening. Areva TA (responsible for propulsion and research reactors) has been separated from its parent company, Areva SA (Société Anonyme) and set up as an independent company in its own right. The new... 

Sapvia reiterates call for ‘least-cost’ approach as IRP, IEP public comment deadline looms 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th March 2017 As the deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) 2016 approaches, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) has reiterated its call for the use of the “least-cost” approach in South Africa’s future energy mix. The... 

Africa needs nuclear energy – Rosatom 

By: Keith Campbell     30th March 2017 Sub-Saharan Africa has a real need for, and rapidly growing interest in, nuclear power. This was affirmed by Rosatom International Network Regional VP: Sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov at the Nuclear Africa 2017 conference on Wednesday. Rusatom International Network is part of Russia's... 

Africa needs nuclear energy – Rosatom
Photo by Duane Daws
Viktor Polikarpov

Eskom confident of its ability to implement new nuclear build programme 

By: Keith Campbell     29th March 2017 A Request for Proposals (RFP) for new nuclear power plants (NPPs) and a new research reactor could be issued by the middle of this year. This was reported by Eskom chief nuclear officer Dave Nicholls at the Nuclear Africa 2017 conference on Wednesday. In parallel, the process of obtaining the... 

Eskom confident of its ability to implement new nuclear build programme
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Eskom chief nuclear officer Dave Nicholls

Nuclear energy essential to guard against climate change 

By: Keith Campbell     29th March 2017 The world can only meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 °C by the end of this century by greatly increasing the use of nuclear power. So affirmed World Nuclear Association (WNA) director-general Agneta Rising in her address to the Nuclear Africa 2017 conference. She cited studies by... 

Nuclear energy essential to guard against climate change
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WNA director general Agneta Rising

Niasa signs MoU with Korean association to develop nuclear industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) and Korea Nuclear Association for International Cooperation this week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at improving the capacities of the two countries’ nuclear industries. The MoU covers education and training programmes;... 

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

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

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... 

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

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
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
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.... 

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