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Nuclear News

Treasury: Nuclear can’t undermine fiscal integrity

By: News24Wire      26th October 2016 Treasury will ensure it protects South Africa’s fiscal integrity with regard to South Africa’s nuclear procurement plan. Finance Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas told media on Wednesday that Treasury will continue to play a role in the planning of the nuclear procurement programme. 

National Nuclear Regulator building itself up to meet future challenges

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is busy strengthening the country’s nuclear regulatory framework, in anticipation of the planned construction of a fleet of new nuclear power stations (NPPs). “As part of strengthening our capacity we recently launched a Centre for Nuclear Safety... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2016 Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price says he is “surprised” by Eskom’s current resistance to signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for new renewable-energy projects in light of the undeniable success of the competitive-bidding model pursued by the Department of Energy... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty
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Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William

Difficult partner search jeopardises Areva State rescue

By: Reuters     20th October 2016 French Areva is struggling to find a buyer for its new nuclear fuel unit, analysts and sources said, a key condition for the European Union to clear a State rescue package for the group, hit by years of losses. Experts say third-party investment would prove to the European Commission that the new... 

Nersa awaits RCA appeal before moving on new Eskom applications

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects its application for leave to appeal a recent North Gauteng High Court judgment, which found its approval of Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) for the 2013/14 to be unlawful, to take... 

Nersa awaits RCA appeal before moving on new Eskom applications
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Nersa regulator Thembani Bukula

South African elected chair of world nuclear agency

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2016 The new Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, has emphasised that “South Africa as a founding member of the IAEA attaches great importance to the mandate of the Agency”. Seokolo, South Africa’s ambassador to the IAEA and... 

SA’s first coal IPPs announced 

     13th October 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the announcement of preferred bidders in the first window of South Africa’s coal independent power producer (IPP) programme, as well as the latest developments in the country’s gas-to-power and nuclear new... 

SA’s first coal IPPs announced
SA’s first coal IPPs announced

Eskom confident it can raise funds for nuclear build programme 

By: Kim Cloete     12th October 2016 Eskom says it is confident that it can raise funding and operate the multibillion-rand 9.6 GW nuclear new build programme. “Eskom has turned the corner. We’ve turned our operations around. We’ve tucked in our shirts. Today is better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today,” said... 

Eskom confident it can raise funds for nuclear build programme
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Eskom group executive for generation Matshela Koko

Energy Minister says Eskom to fund nuclear as new procurement framework is unveiled

By: Kim Cloete     11th October 2016 Eskom’s balance sheet will be used to leverage funding for government’s anticipated multibillion-rand nuclear build programme, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced on Tuesday. She told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy that the National Treasury would not be funding the... 

Energy Minister says Eskom to fund nuclear as new procurement framework is unveiled
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Eskom group executive for generation Matshela Koko

Necsa receives first R1.7m in settlement of Russian fabrication contract

By: Samantha Herbst     11th October 2016 State-owned nuclear company the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has been paid the first R1.7-million of a fabrication contract to manufacture nuclear reactor components for Russia. The first items fabricated at the Pelindaba site of Necsa, outside Pretoria, have been delivered to... 

Necsa receives first R1.7m in settlement of Russian fabrication contract
Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane

Busa says energy policy still too unclear

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s decision to delay the nuclear build programme’s request for proposals, noting that business remains concerned about the current lack of transparency, consistency and evidence-based decision-making in South... 

South Africa needs more skills for nuclear energy programme

By: Anine Kilian     6th October 2016 Although specialised skills are available in South Africa to assist in the development of South Africa’s proposed nuclear power programme, more skilled people will be needed to successfully execute the programme, says North-West University (NWU) School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering... 

S African nuclear regulator building itself up to meet future challenges

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is busy strengthening the country’s nuclear regulatory framework, in anticipation of the planned construction of a fleet of new nuclear power stations (NPPs). “As part of strengthening our capacity we recently launched a Centre for Nuclear Safety... 

S African nuclear regulator building itself up to meet future challenges

South African new chairperson of world nuclear agency

By: Keith Campbell     3rd October 2016 The new, South African, chairperson of the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, has emphasised that “South Africa as a founding member of the IAEA attaches great importance to the mandate of the agency”. Seokolo, South Africa’s ambassador... 

Eskom’s role and outstanding generation plan key to nuclear RFP delay 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2016 The issue of Eskom’s role in the procurement process for South Africa’s nuclear new build programme is said to lie at the heart of Cabinet’s surprise decision to delay the release of the controversial nuclear request for proposals (RFP), which was due for dissemination on September 30. However,... 

 Eskom’s role and outstanding generation plan key to nuclear RFP delay
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Statue at Eskom's head office in Johannesburg

Nuclear on hold as government mulls putting Eskom in charge of the project 

By: African News Agency      29th September 2016 Government will not be issuing a call for proposals for its nuclear power expansion programme on Friday to allow for more time for consultations, which could mean shifting responsibility for implementation of the project from the Department of Energy to Eskom, Minister in the Presidency Jeff... 

Nuclear on hold as government mulls putting Eskom in charge of the project
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe

Funding South Africa’s nuclear programme 

     28th September 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about Eskom’s stated intention to help fund and develop South Africa’s nuclear new build programme. 

Funding South Africa’s nuclear programme
Funding South Africa’s nuclear programme

Pandor questions issuance of nuclear RFP ahead of IRP agreement 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor revealed on Tuesday the Economic Cluster of Ministers would be deliberating on the next iteration of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity at its next meeting and questioned whether a nuclear request for proposals (RFP) could be released... 

Pandor questions issuance of nuclear RFP ahead of IRP agreement
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Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

Investors eye nuclear vs political power in South Africa

By: News24Wire      27th September 2016 Political power and nuclear power in South Africa are currently key topics of interest to investors, emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura said on Monday. "We reiterate our existing views on political power not having shifted, though some risk of erosion of ‘foundations’ is... 

Investors eye nuclear vs political power in South Africa

Coega positions itself as energy mix hub

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 A growing number of manufacturing opportunities have been created and sustained through the approach of diversifying the energy mix in the Eastern Cape, which has seen the development of several energy investment projects worth more than R3.5-billion. The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)... 

Coega positions itself  as energy mix hub
GREEN SHOOTS OF GROWTH Special economic zones have managed to attract foreign and local investment in a lackluster economic environment

Date set for nuclear procurement case

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2016 A High Court hearing into an application brought by the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg relating to the legality of South Africa’s nuclear procurement process has been set down for December 13 and 14. The two organisations... 

No need for Treasury to finance nuclear – Molefe 

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 A nuclear build programme for South Africa doesn’t need to be funded by the fiscus. There are enough potential financiers who would be willing to take the risk, said Brian Molefe, Eskom CEO on Wednesday. Speaking to Fin24 on the sidelines of a parliamentary meeting, Molefe said he doesn’t believe... 

Molefe: No nuclear by 2035 could mean another power crunch

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 If South Africa doesn’t have additional nuclear power by 2035, the country will be in the same position as in 2008 when there was a serious shortage of power supply, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Wednesday. Molefe was part of an Eskom delegation who briefed Parliament on the power utility’s... 

Molefe: No nuclear by 2035 could mean another power crunch
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Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Public comment period for Eskom application for nuclear installation licences extended

By: African News Agency      19th September 2016 Interested parties will from Monday be able to comment on Eskom’s application for nuclear installation site licences in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, the power utility announced on Monday. Earlier this month, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) approved the extension of the deadline for... 

DoE insists 'compliant' nuclear management system contract part of procurement preparations 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2016 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has listed the names of several expert advisers whose services it has used over the past five years in relation to the country’s controversial nuclear procurement programme. However, the value of the various contracts was not immediately provided. The... 

DoE insists 'compliant' nuclear management system contract part of procurement preparations
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Koeberg unit shut down for refuelling

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station, near Cape Town, will be shut down on Monday for a planned refuelling outage. This outage will take just over a month, with the unit expected to be back on line towards the end of October. Koeberg Unit 1 has been on stream without any interruption since... 

Koeberg unit shut down for refuelling

New revelations in South African nuclear deal

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 The department of energy was tight-lipped on Friday over the awarding of a tender for the controversial nuclear build programme to the son of a close friend of President Jacob Zuma. When approached for comment, departmental spokesperson Thandiwe Maimane said by email: "For now the department of... 

UK PM firm on only revealing fate of nuclear project later this month

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2016 The future of Britain’s first major nuclear power plant (NPP) project in two decades, Hinkley Point C, remains uncertain. In July, the new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, took everyone by surprise when she announced a delay in the approval for the project. Hinkley Point C is to be a European... 

Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A leading energy academic, who is opposed to the imminent issuance of a nuclear tender in the absence of an updated generation plan, says he will be paying close attention to whether the request for proposals (RFP) is a “genuine competitive tender for a fixed-price contract”, or simply a process... 

Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks
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Professor Anton Eberhard

Niasa calls for local content in nuclear energy programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th September 2016 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has welcomed the announcement by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson that the request for proposals (RFP) for the procurement of nuclear power stations will start on September 30. It stressed that local content and skills development... 

Opinion: Hybrid nuclear-desalination deployment could transform South Africa’s agricultural fortunes

     6th September 2016 A recent article in Engineering News argued that wind and solar could provide the bulk of South Africa’s power at the least cost. Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz argued that building 22 GW of wind and solar capacity and 8 GW of “backup” (in the form of coal and/or gas) was the sensible solution to... 

Opinion: Hybrid nuclear-desalination deployment could transform South Africa’s agricultural fortunes
Tom Blees

Nuclear regulator grants extension for Eskom nuclear site comment period

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2016 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has given State-owned electricity provider Eskom approval to extend the period for comment on its application for a Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, by 30 days. Additionally, the NNR gave Eskom approval to place a... 

Eskom, Transnet say liquidity not immediately affected by Futuregrowth suspension 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom and freight logistics group Transnet insisted on Thursday that their immediate liquidity was not threatened by the announcement by Futuregrowth Asset Management that it was suspending additional loans to six State-owned companies (SoCs), including Eskom and... 

Eskom, Transnet say liquidity not immediately affected by Futuregrowth suspension
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Eskom CFO Anoj Singh

Koeberg Unit 1 reaches 455 days of consecutive operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday marked a milestone for Koeberg power station’s Unit 1 nuclear reactor, which achieved 455 days of continuous operation, surpassing the 2001 record of 454 days. The unit was returned to service on June 2, 2015, after undergoing a maintenance and... 

Koeberg Unit 1 reaches 455 days of consecutive operations

Anti-tax-abuse group says response good to call for submissions on planned nuclear sites

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2016 Civil society group Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) reported on Monday morning that more than 17 000 individual submissions had been made through its web portal, regarding national electricity utility Eskom’s proposed locations for new nuclear power plants (NPP). The organisation affirms... 

Eskom may re-advertise nuclear notices after noncompliant E Cape notice

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom may re-advertise notices relating to its Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontyn, in the Western Cape, having acknowledged that a notice published in the Eastern Cape Provincial Gazette on... 

Eskom may re-advertise nuclear notices after noncompliant E Cape notice

Offshore wind could replace UK’s Hinkley ‘at same cost’

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 Britain could scrap the $23-billion (18-billion pounds) nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point and get the same amount of electricity from offshore wind turbines for roughly the same investment. That’s the assessment of Bloomberg New Energy Finance following Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to... 

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