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Nuclear News

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 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
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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

Unreliable energy supply prompts alternative supply growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 Load-shedding and the ongoing tariff hikes from State-owned power utility Eskom have cemented the need for alternative energy sources that do not depend on the national grid, says energy consultancy firm EON Consulting MD Bertha Dlamini. 

Unreliable energy supply prompts  alternative supply growth
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FOCUS ON NUCLEAR POWER Koeberg nuclear power station is a prime example of the benefits of nuclear power as an alternate power source

After so many delays, let’s not now rush the nuclear programme

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 South Africa’s programme to acquire a number of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) seems to be suffering from yet another delay. The Requests for Proposals to the various groups interested in constructing these new NPPs that were apparently meant to have been issued on April 1 were not, in fact,... 

Concern about South Africa’s ability to implement its new nuclear power programme

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme, South Africa is short of the... 

Hungary nuclear plant expansion progressing

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2016 The Paks nuclear power plant (NPP), in Hungary, will feature the most advanced nuclear technology in the world by 2027, when its second phase (Paks II) is launched. Paks II would incorporate generation 3+ technology, Hungarian government commissioner for Paks II Atilla Aszodi said during a media... 

Hungary nuclear plant expansion progressing

Commission study shows only 47% alignment between Budget and NDP 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2016 A preliminary analysis conducted by South Africa’s second National Planning Commission (NPC) of the current alignment between the country’s Budget and the National Development Plan (NDP) shows there to be only a 47% correlation. Nevertheless, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, who is NPC... 

Commission study shows only 47% alignment between Budget and NDP
NPC deputy chairperson professor Malegapuru Makgoba on the need to align the Budget withthe NDP goals. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.4.2016

Energy storage possible standby for grid failure

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 While energy storage may seem like a viable option for standby power initiatives during grid failure, several issues first need to resolved for it to be implemented, South African National Energy Development Institute’s Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development manager Dr Karen... 

Nuclear regulator’s authority also covers component manufacturers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2016 Any company seeking to manufacture parts, components or systems for future South African nuclear plants will have to meet the requirements of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). "We set safety standards," NNR Special Nuclear Projects Coordinator Peter Bester told the recent Nuclear Industries... 

Rosatom outlines benefits of nuclear energy

By: Anine Kilian     21st April 2016 The South African government’s decision to build a further 9.6 GW of nuclear power generation capacity would result in a significant boost to the local economy, Rosatom sub-Saharan Africa VP Viktor Polikarpov has told Engineering News Online. “Government should strive to develop an energy mix... 

Rosatom outlines benefits of nuclear energy
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Rosatom sub-Saharan Africa VP Viktor Polikarpov

Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low level waste, intermediate... 

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 The codevelopment and equal distribution of power between countries in Africa, along with focused research and development strategies around redistribution will provide more Africans with electricity in the future, says State-owned power utility Eskom MD for corporate affairs Chose Choeu.... 

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future
Photo by Duane Daws
CHOSE CHOEU Eskom and other power providers across the continent should also increase efforts to decentralise electrification solutions

South Africans contribute to key French nuclear project

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 South African expertise has played a key role in the development programme for France’s world-leading project to create a permanent high-level nuclear waste repository (HLNWR). This is the Cigéo project, Cigéo being the French acronym for Industrial Centre for Geological Disposal. It is being... 

Koeberg to pursue dry-cask storage as used-fuel pools head for 2018 limit 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2016 The two spent-fuel pools at Eskom’s 1 800 MW Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be full by 2018, increasing the urgency on the State-owned utility to begin pursuing alternative storage options. Koeberg has, over the past 32 years, accumulated a total of 2 229 spent-fuel... 

Koeberg to pursue dry-cask storage as used-fuel pools head for 2018 limit

Regulatory requirements for nuclear component manufacturers 

     13th April 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about the National Nuclear Regulator’s requirements for the manufacture of components for South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. 

Regulatory requirements for nuclear component manufacturers
Regulatory requirements for nuclear component manufacturers

Manufacturers of nuclear components will need regulator's approval

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 Any company seeking to manufacture parts, components or systems for future South African nuclear plants will have to meet the requirements of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). "We set safety standards," NNR Special Nuclear Projects Coordinator Peter Bester told the Nuclear Industries... 

Manufacturers of nuclear components will need regulator's approval

IAEA helps African countries develop their proposals, plans and projects

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 Last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) missions to three countries, all of them in Africa. They were Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria. This was highlighted at the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference by IAEA Deputy Director General... 

SA firms seeking to cash in on nuclear build will need to prioritise certification

By: David Oliveira     8th April 2016 South Africa’s new nuclear build, which is expected to add about 9 600 MW of capacity to the national grid, will offer significant employment and growth opportunities for local industries and should not be viewed as a “mysterious and fearsome” industry, independent engineering consultant Andrew... 

South African company eager to take part in UK small reactor tender

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL), the South African private-sector company which is developing its HTMR-100 small modular reactor (SMR) design, is very interested in participating in the British SMR programme this year. HTMR stands for High Temperature Modular Reactor and is a pebble bed... 

Steenkampskraal Thorium developing own PBMR project

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 South African private sector company Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL) is developing a design for a small modular reactor (SMR) which it calls the High Temperature Modular Reactor (HTMR). This is being done using expertise developed in the country by the now effectively abandoned Pebble Bed... 

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

     4th April 2016 Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues. 

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

Eskom makes case for adding new nuclear to power mix

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2016 South African national electricity utility Eskom is excited about its imminent new nuclear era. So affirmed Group CEO Brian Molefe in an address to the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference, that was delivered on his behalf by Eskom's recently appointed Chief Nuclear Officer, Dave Nicholls. He... 

Nuclear essential in fight against global warming – World Nuclear Association

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2016 If the world is to meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 ˚ C by 2100, then there will have to be a substantial increase in global nuclear power capacity. So affirmed incoming World Nuclear Association Chairman Dr Helmut Engelbrecht at the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference.  

South Africa’s new nuclear programme to stimulate coastal industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 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 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane has affirmed. He did so in his opening address to the... 

Environmentalists: South Africa did sign nuclear deal with Russia 

By: News24Wire      30th March 2016 Legal documents indicate that South Africa did sign a nuclear deal with Russia, environmentalists who have taken the government to court, alleged on Wednesday. In its legal proceedings against the Department of Energy (DoE), Earthlife Africa (ELA) and the Southern African Faith Communities’... 

Environmentalists: South Africa did sign nuclear deal with Russia

EDF’s travails at Hinkley Point have no relevance to wider UK nuclear sector

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2016 Normally, I like to vary my columns from month to month, but I find myself, for the the second month in a row, impelled to remain with the topic of nuclear energy. The reason is the current difficulties being experienced by the predominantly (about 84.5%) French State-owned group EDF regarding... 

Small, safe and simple modular nuclear reactors seen as offering potential 

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2016 Last November, the international nuclear industry was delighted with the news, announced in his Spending Review and [Northern] Autumn Statement by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to Minister of Finance) George Osborne that the British government was making “a major commitment to small... 

Small, safe and simple modular nuclear reactors seen as offering potential

Nuclear industries and small modular reactors 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd March 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about how nuclear energy will boost industrial growth in South Africa’s coastal areas and a South African company’s development of a small modular reactor design. 

Nuclear industries and small modular reactors
Nuclear industries and small modular reactors

Future looks bleak for nuclear energy – expert 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2016 Nuclear power generation has turned into an expensive operation, even when the machines are amortised, said nuclear expert Mycle Schneider. Schneider, author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, told Fin24 on Monday that he questioned whether nuclear power can be seen as an alternative to... 

Future looks bleak for nuclear energy – expert

Russian, SA unions differ on nuclear job opportunities 

By: News24Wire      18th March 2016 A Russian nuclear union that is keen to win labour support for South Africa's new build programme will have a tough job winning over trade federation Cosatu. The campaign is part of Rosatom’s bid to win the 9.6 GW nuclear build programme, which is planned to take place from 2023 to 2030. 

Russian, SA unions differ on nuclear job opportunities

Incoming Necsa chairperson promises to do his utmost in the post

By: Keith Campbell     18th 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-Petterson for nominating him to the post. Kemm is, among other things, the CEO of Nuclear Africa and a columnist for Engineering News.  

SA company eager to take part in UK small reactor tender

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2016 Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL), the South African private-sector company which is developing its HTMR-100 small modular reactor (SMR) design, is very interested in participating in the British SMR programme this year. HTMR stands for High Temperature Modular Reactor and is a pebble bed... 

SA private sector company developing its own PBMR project

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2016 South African private sector company Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL) is developing a design for a small modular reactor (SMR) which it calls the High Temperature Modular Reactor (HTMR). This is being done using expertise developed in the country by the now effectively abandoned Pebble Bed... 

Jonas job offer points to failure of nuclear plan

By: News24Wire      17th March 2016 While countries vying for South Africa’s 9 600 MW nuclear programme talk shop at a conference outside Pretoria, events down the road could put President Jacob Zuma’s dream of nuclear in a precarious position. Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Wednesday that the Gupta family had... 

Jonas job offer points to failure of nuclear plan

Optimise SA nuclear deal to get cheaper electricity – Rosatom

By: News24Wire      17th March 2016 South Africa should optimise its funding model in the procurement of its 9 600 MW nuclear build programme to ensure cheaper electricity costs, according to Rosatom’s Nikolay Drosdov on Wednesday. Drosdov, director of international business for Rosatom, told Fin24 that South Africa should... 

 Optimise SA nuclear deal to get cheaper electricity – Rosatom

Nuclear energy essential to fight global warming – World Nuclear Association

By: Keith Campbell     16th March 2016 If the world is to meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 °C above preindustrial levels by 2100, then there will have to be a substantial increase in global nuclear power capacity. So affirmed incoming World Nuclear Association chairperson Dr Helmut Engelbrecht at the Nuclear Africa... 

Nuclear energy essential to fight global warming – World Nuclear Association

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