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Nuclear News

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

Russia upbeat on SA nuclear plan after Egypt deal

By: News24Wire      16th March 2016 The speed at which Russia and Egypt signed a deal to build a four-reactor nuclear plant in November 2015 shows how quickly a nuclear procurement process can unfold, a Russian source said on Tuesday. The engineering, procurement and construction funding model developed by nuclear state-owned... 

 Russia upbeat on SA nuclear plan after Egypt deal

Eskom needs new nuclear power to meet country's needs 

By: Keith Campbell     16th March 2016 South African national electricity utility Eskom is excited about its imminent new nuclear era. So affirmed Group CEO Brian Molefe on Wednesday in an address to the Nuclear Africa 2016 conference, that was delivered on his behalf by Eskom's recently appointed Chief Nuclear Officer, Dave Nicholls.... 

Eskom needs new nuclear power to meet country's needs

South Africa's new nuclear programme to stimulate coastal industrialisation 

By: Keith Campbell     16th March 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 affirmed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane on Wednesday. He was giving the opening address... 

South Africa's new nuclear programme to stimulate coastal industrialisation

Koeberg steam-generator replacement contract at an advanced stage – Areva

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 French nuclear technology group Areva reports that 80% of the procurement associated with a contested contract to supply six replacement steam generators for Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, has been completed and that 30% of the forgings have been delivered for... 

Koeberg steam-generator replacement contract at an advanced stage – Areva
A steam generator being manufactured at Areva's Chalon/Saint-Marcel plant

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) confirmed on Tuesday that it had received, on March 10, two Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications from Eskom for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. The NNR said that both NISL applications had been... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications

French keen to include energy-intensive South African firms as nuclear equity partners 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2016 The French nuclear industry, led by electricity utility EDF, is gearing up in earnest to respond to South Africa’s request for proposals (RFP), which could be released before the end of March. The French President’s special envoy for the France-South Africa Nuclear Partnership, Pascal Colombani,... 

French keen to include energy-intensive South African firms as nuclear equity partners
Photo by Creamer Media
The French would offer the EPR reactor like this one being built in Flamanville

S Africa to issue request for proposals on nuclear build by month’s end, MPs hear

By: African News Agency      9th March 2016 If all goes according to plan, South Africa may be ready to issue a request for proposals (RFP’s) for its planned nuclear energy build programme by month’s end, energy department director-general Thabane Zulu said on Wednesday. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, Zulu... 

S Africa to issue request for proposals on nuclear build by month’s end, MPs hear

French showcase nuclear localisation model as they eye South Africa programme

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2016 Tucked neatly at the base of a seaside cliff on the Normandy coast, in northwestern France, and alongside two more mature looking domed nuclear reactor buildings, EDF’s flagship ERP nuclear project is a hive of construction activity. The 1 650 MW development is running behind schedule, its budget... 

French showcase nuclear localisation model as they eye South Africa programme

New Necsa chairperson promises to do his utmost in the post

By: Keith Campbell     4th 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-Pettersson for nominating him to the post. Kemm is, among other things, the CEO of Nuclear Africa and a columnist for Engineering News. “I’d... 

New Necsa chairperson promises to do his utmost in the post
Photo by Duane Daws
Necsa chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm

Necsa CEO welcomes appointment of new board members

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2016 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane on Friday welcomed the appointment of new members to the organisation’s board, stating that this would strengthen the corporations’ governance process. Government on Thursday announced the appointment of Dr Kelvin Kemm as... 

Necsa CEO welcomes appointment of new board members

Dr Kelvin Kemm to lead new nuclear board 

By: News24Wire      3rd March 2016 Nuclear Africa CEO Dr Kelvin Kemm has been appointed as chairperson of the embattled South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), according to Cabinet on Thursday. Kemm, a nuclear physicist and regular Fin24 opinion writer, is one of nine new board members that Cabinet approved during their... 

Dr Kelvin Kemm to lead new nuclear board
Photo by Duane Daws
Nuclear Africa CEO Dr Kelvinn Kemm

Nuclear engineering research in South Africa awarded further funding

By: Keith Campbell     26th February 2016 The North West University (NWU) Potchefstroom campus announced recently that the National Research Foundation (NRF – a major agency of the Department of Science and Technology) had awarded its School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering a third cycle of funding for the school’s South African... 

Reality undermines nuclear conspiracy theories

By: Keith Campbell     26th February 2016 Since December, when President Jacob Zuma, with unbelievable incompetence, abruptly and, to this day without giving any good or believable reason, dismissed then Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and announced his replacement by little known and low ranking politician David van Rooyen, immediately... 

It could be a ‘year, two, or more’ before SA has nuclear certainty – Gordhan 

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan indicated on Thursday that it could be a “year, or two, or more” before South Africa had certainty on how it would be proceeding with its contentious plan to introduce new nuclear capacity to the electricity mix. In an interview with ENCA the day after Budget 2016,... 

It could be a ‘year, two, or more’ before SA has nuclear certainty – Gordhan
Pravin Gordhan

Joemat-Pettersson wants nuclear under IPP office

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2016 The 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme should be run by the Independent Power Producer's (IPP) office, Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Tuesday. The renewable energy IPP procurement programme has been praised internationally for government’s successful partnership with the... 

Joemat-Pettersson wants nuclear under IPP office

Joemat-Pettersson: We simply have to go nuclear route 

By: News24Wire      17th February 2016 South Africa will continue to build on the success of Koeberg nuclear power station, as the power plant boasts some of the best nuclear scientists and physicists in the world. “We simply have to go the nuclear route,” said Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, “because we don’t have enough... 

Joemat-Pettersson: We simply have to go nuclear route

France promotes its nuclear expertise to South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     17th February 2016 The French government is building its case for supporting South Africa’s nuclear build programme, with a visit to South Africa by the Special Envoy of the French President for the nuclear partnership, Dr Pascal Colombani.  He met with South African government officials and industrial leaders this... 

France promotes its nuclear expertise to South Africa

Areva and Rosatom on nuclear costs, secrecy and the South African tender  

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2016 Nuclear vendor Areva, which is planning to participate in a French industry bid for South Africa’s proposed nuclear build programme, indicated on Tuesday that, in the absence of an actual tender, it was not possible to offer any certainty as to the likely cost of the programme. It has been widely... 

Areva and Rosatom on nuclear costs, secrecy and the South African tender
Areva South Africa MD Dr Yves Guenon and Rosatom regional VP Viktor Polikarpov on the South African nuclear procurement process. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Joemat-Pettersson declines nuclear plans discussion 

By: News24Wire      16th February 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson raised the ire of MPs in the portfolio committee of energy when she declined to discuss her department’s future plans following President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address last Thursday night. Joemat-Pettersson was supposed to tell parliament what the... 

Joemat-Pettersson declines nuclear plans discussion
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

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