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Nuclear News

S Africa needs new nuclear plants urgently – Eskom chief 

By: African News Agency      4th November 2015 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Wednesday it was both urgent and feasible for South Africa to obtain more nuclear plants. “We think that a nuclear programme is feasible in South Africa because nuclear plants typically have a life of beyond 60 years and the payback period, irrespective of what the... 

Coal power stations to become ‘stranded assets’, UK climate rep warns 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2015 The UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, warned on Monday that countries building new coal-fired power stations could well be building “stranded assets”. Speaking in Johannesburg on Monday, Britain’s former Chief Scientific Adviser, who was born and... 

Coal power stations to become ‘stranded assets’, UK climate rep warns
Sir David King

Joemat-Pettersson urged to table energy plan so nuclear aim can be clear

By: News24Wire      2nd November 2015 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson must table the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) 2015 as a matter of urgency to allow parliament to scrutinise key issues contained in the document, including nuclear plans, Gordon Mackay, DA shadow minister of energy, said on Sunday. The purpose of the IEP is to... 

Joemat-Pettersson urged to table energy plan so nuclear aim can be clear
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Magubane appointed to Aurecon South Africa board

By: Anine Kilian     28th October 2015 Former Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe (Neli) Magubane has been appointed to the board of directors of Aurecon South Africa. She has held various influential senior positions in the South African energy sector, including being appointed the first director-general of the DoE... 

Magubane appointed to Aurecon South Africa board
Former DoE director general Neli Magubane

Looking back and forward, as SA’s SAFARI-1 reactor marks its fiftieth anniversary

By: Keith Campbell     23rd October 2015 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is this year celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its SAFARI-1 research reactor, the country’s – and Africa’s – first nuclear reactor. It first ‘went critical’ (achieved critical mass, and so started operating) on March 18, 1965 – at 18:33... 

Looking back and forward, as SA’s SAFARI-1 reactor marks its fiftieth anniversary

Looking back and forward, as SA’s SAFARI-1 reactor marks its fiftieth anniversary

By: Keith Campbell     23rd October 2015 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of its SAFARI-1 research reactor, the country's – and Africa's – first nuclear reactor. It first "went critical" (achieved critical mass, and so started operating) on March 18, 1965 – at 18:33 (or... 

Looking back and forward, as SA’s SAFARI-1  reactor marks its fiftieth anniversary

Treasury earmarks R200m for nuclear energy prep work 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2015 To reduce electricity supply shortages, the National Treasury is working with the Department of Energy to consider the costs, benefits and risks of building additional nuclear power stations in South Africa. Over the medium term, R200-million would be allocated to support preparatory work for... 

Treasury earmarks R200m for nuclear energy prep work

Environmental groups take govt to task over nuclear secrecy 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2015 Environmental justice organisations Earthlife Africa and Southern Africa Faith Communities Environment Institute (Safcei) have taken to the courts to force government to make public its nuclear plans and follow a “fair and transparent” process in pursuing its nuclear ambitions. The parties this... 

Environmental groups take govt to task over nuclear secrecy
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Energy Minister Tin Joemat-Pettersson

Costs of nuclear remains classified – Treasury 

By: African News Agency      13th October 2015 While South Africa’s National Treasury has completed most of the preliminary work into the country’s proposed nuclear build programme, all the details, including the cost to the fiscus, remained classified, MPs were told on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament’s standing committee on Finance, Treasury... 

Costs of nuclear remains classified – Treasury

Nuclear incompatible with renewables-heavy mix – Fraunhofer Institute 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2015 The technical and economic challenges associated with the large-scale deployment of renewable-energy had largely been solved, Professor Dr Clemens Hoffmann of Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology argued during a presentation in Pretoria on Thursday. He,... 

Nuclear incompatible with renewables-heavy mix – Fraunhofer Institute

S Africa to extend renewable-energy programme into rest of Africa  

By: Kim Cloete     5th October 2015 The South African Department of Energy (DoE) plans to extend its renewable-energy programme to the rest of Africa over the next five years. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (Sairec) in Cape Town on Monday that government and... 

S Africa to extend renewable-energy programme into rest of Africa
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Analyst cautions that nuclear construction in SA will not be fast 

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland warned recently against excessive optimism regarding timescales for the proposed construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in South Africa. He was speaking at a Nuclear Roundtable in Johannesburg. “I think we need to temper our optimism with... 

Cost of nuclear likely to be lower than dreaded, expert asserts 

By: Keith Campbell     25th September 2015 Nuclear physicist and Senior Lecturer in North West University's School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dr Dawid Serfontein (who has a PhD in nuclear engineering) has rejected the oft-quoted estimate that South Africa's planned programme of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) would cost the... 

Who will pay for SA nuclear accidents, asks Japanese expert 

By: News24Wire      23rd September 2015 Who pays in the event of a nuclear accident? This was the hypothetical question asked by a Japanese nuclear expert who was delivering a lecture on nuclear energy policy issues in the post-Fukushima nuclear accident era. Former vice chair of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Tatsujiro Suzuki,... 

Who will pay for SA nuclear accidents, asks Japanese expert

SA could build nuclear without State funding 

By: News24Wire      21st September 2015 South Africa could look to places like Finland and Turkey when trying to figure out a way to fund its high-cost nuclear build programme. National Treasury is currently exploring funding options for the Department of Energy, which is seeking the procurement of 9 600 MW worth of nuclear energy by... 

SA could build nuclear without State funding

Rosatom kicks off local nuclear campaign with launch of S African website

By: Natalie Greve     17th September 2015 The African subsidiary of Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom), which is one of several international nuclear energy organisations vying for a slice of South Africa’s 9.6 GW nuclear infrastructure build programme, has officially launched its local website, which it says is aimed at... 

Rosatom kicks off local nuclear campaign with launch of S African website

PR bungle blamed for SA nuclear deal confusion

By: News24Wire      17th September 2015 The public relations surrounding the announcement of South Africa's framework agreement with Rosatom in 2014 was not handled correctly, sources in Russia said this week. Russia is not the only country in the running to win South Africa's Nuclear Build Programme, which would bring 9 600 MW into... 

PR bungle blamed for SA nuclear deal confusion

Rosatom moves to soothe SA nuclear fears 

By: News24Wire      16th September 2015 Rosatom officials in Russia showcased their finest examples of manufacturing and nuclear energy facilities to a group of SA journalists on Tuesday, allaying fears over safety and manufacturing delays. Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy corporation that is seen as the preferred bidder to supply 9... 

Rosatom moves to soothe SA nuclear fears

Global nuclear power capacity may grow more than 45% in next 20 yrs

By: Henry Lazenby     11th September 2015 Global nuclear power generation capacity is expected to grow by more than 45% over the next 20 years; however, a new pipeline of uranium mines will be needed after 2025 to supply the growing demand trend, a new report by the World Nuclear Association (WNA) has suggested. Global nuclear... 

Global nuclear power capacity may grow more than 45% in next 20 yrs

Nuclear construction in SA will not be fast, cautions analyst 

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2015 Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland warned on Thursday against excessive optimism regarding timescales for the proposed construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in South Africa. He was speaking at a Nuclear Roundtable in Johannesburg. “I think we need to temper our optimism... 

Nuclear construction in SA will not be fast, cautions analyst

Nuclear costs are likely to be lower than feared 

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2015 Nuclear engineer and senior lecturer in North-West University's School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dr Dawid Serfontein has rejected the oft-quoted estimate that South Africa's planned programme of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) would cost the country R1-trillion. "There is no reliable... 

Nuclear costs are likely to be lower than feared

DA slams minister over ‘costly secretive nuclear deal’ 

By: News24Wire      8th September 2015 The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson is “purposefully misleading the public” as to the cost of the nuclear deal. South Africa has signed five international nuclear agreements with Russia (who is seen as the preferred bidder), France, China,... 

DA slams minister over ‘costly secretive nuclear deal’
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

S Africa is not at the back of a queue, says Rosatom 

By: News24Wire      7th September 2015 Russia’s atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, has disputed claims that South Africa will be at the back of a queue of reactor orders if it wins the nuclear build contract. Viktor Polikarpov, Rosatom's VP of sub-Saharan Africa, told Fin24 on Monday that while the company had 17 firm orders for... 

S Africa is not at the back of a queue, says Rosatom
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Rosatom sub-Saharan Africa VP Viktor Polikarpov

Nuclear the cheapest; subsidises renewables‚ says minister 

By: RDM News Wire      3rd September 2015 Nuclear energy is the cheapest source of energy in South Africa‚ and is subsidising renewable energy‚ says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson‚ on another day of heated parliamentary debate as ministers refused to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the proposed nuclear new build deal.... 

Nuclear the cheapest; subsidises renewables‚ says minister

Joemat-Pettersson says nuclear build will be affordable 

By: African News Agency      1st September 2015 South Africa was firmly committed to adding to its nuclear energy capacity but would only sign an agreement with another country as a supplier if it was affordable and in line with local procurement rules, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told MPs on Tuesday. “How are we going to reduce our... 

Joemat-Pettersson says nuclear build will be affordable

Minister should clarify position on nuclear build programme – DA

By: RDM News Wire      1st September 2015 “In today’s sitting of Parliament’s energy committee‚ the Minister of Energy‚ Tina Joemat-Pettersson‚ shamelessly contradicted herself as to the affordability of the nuclear build programme‚” Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Gordon Mackay said on Tuesday. “The minister stated that an affordability... 

Minister should clarify position on nuclear build programme – DA
DA MP Gordon Mackay

Minister dismisses R1trn cost for nuclear plan

By: News24Wire      1st September 2015 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Tuesday dismissed reports that the nuclear build programme would cost R1-trillion. “I don’t know where the R1-trillion figure came from,” Joemat-Pettersson told the Portfolio Committee on Energy in Cape Town, “certainly not from us.” 

Minister dismisses R1trn cost for nuclear plan

Koeberg unit 2 to be shut down for maintenance

By: News24Wire      31st August 2015 Koeberg unit 2 will be shut down on Monday August 31 for scheduled refuelling and maintenance and is expected to return back to service by mid-December 2015, Eskom said late Monday afternoon. The scheduled shutdown of Koeberg unit 2 is part of Eskom’s overall maintenance programme for its fleet... 

Koeberg unit 2 to be shut down for maintenance

Greenpeace Africa protests against S African govt’s nuclear plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2015 To protest against government’s proposed nuclear power plans, Greenpeace activists on Tuesday locked themselves in a 4 m wooden Trojan Horse outside the Department of Energy (DoE) headquarters in Pretoria. “New investments in nuclear are a trap that will not solve South Africa’s current... 

Greenpeace Africa protests against S African govt’s nuclear plans

Manufacturing lobby group questions South Africa’s ‘risky’ nuclear plan 

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2015 Lobby group the Manufacturing Circle has become the latest business organisation to voice reservations about the South African government’s intention to proceed with a large-scale nuclear energy programme, describing any reliance on “old-style nuclear reactors to provide energy stability” as an... 

 Manufacturing lobby group questions South Africa’s ‘risky’ nuclear plan
South Africa's only nuclear reactor at Koeberg, in the Western Cape

Greenpeace calls for release of nuclear deal data 

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2015 Greenpeace Africa has demanded that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson make publicly available all the key documents and plans surrounding South Africa’s controversial R1-trillion nuclear deal. As public speculation over the nation’s accelerated nuclear plans builds, Greenpeace Africa’s... 

Greenpeace calls for release of nuclear deal data

Rejecting Iran nuke deal will pave way to bomb – Obama

By: News24Wire      6th August 2015 US President Barack Obama on Wednesday launched an all-out campaign to convince Congress to approve the Iran nuclear deal, telling an audience at American University that it would be a historic mistake to squander the opportunity. If legislators rejected the agreement, "Congress would not only... 

Rejecting Iran nuke deal will pave way to bomb – Obama
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US President Barack Obama

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 brief

     4th August 2015 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme, demand-side initiatives, energy... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 brief

DA calls on committee to summon Minister over nuke deal 

By: RDM News Wire      3rd August 2015 The Democratic Alliance says it is planning to call on parliament’s portfolio committee on energy to summon Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson to provide details on the country’s multi-billion rand Nuclear Build Programme. DA energy affairs spokesman Gordon Mackay said on Monday the party... 

DA calls on committee to summon Minister over nuke deal
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Eskom's role in nuclear plan reviewed 

By: News24Wire      31st July 2015 Cabinet ministers are reviewing their decision to grant Eskom the ownership and operational rights of the proposed nuclear build programme, said the energy department's Deputy Director General Zizamele Mbambo. Mbambo, addressing a  seminar on South Africa’s nuclear build programme at the Wits... 

Eskom's role in nuclear plan reviewed

Revealed: real price of nuclear energy 

By: RDM News Wire      29th July 2015 The price of electricity generated by nuclear power is expected to be higher than that from any other technology except for gas and diesel‚ two separate and independent analyses have found‚ the newspaper reported. The government is pressing ahead with a politically driven plan to procure 9 600 MW... 

Revealed: real price of nuclear energy

A new nuclear medicine procedure pioneered in Pretoria 

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2015 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes has, in conjunction with the Steve Biko Academic Hospital/University of Pretoria and Germany’s ITG Isotopes Technologies Garching, undertaken a new anti-cancer procedure in a human being for the first... 

A new nuclear medicine procedure pioneered in Pretoria

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