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Nuclear News

Safcei prepared to go to ConCourt over ‘secret’ nuclear deal 

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2016 An environmental group locked in a legal battle with government over its nuclear procurement plans said on Monday that it is prepared to take the matter all the way to the Constitutional Court. Speaking after a fundraising breakfast to raise funds for the court battle, Southern African Faith... 

Call for more certainty on nuclear energy in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     20th May 2016 Nuclear experts are anxious to get to the request for proposals (RFP) stage in the nuclear build plan for South Africa. “Let’s get this RFP to vendors to see what they can offer and what the costs will be. Over the past few years, we have got closer and closer to this point and are ready to take... 

Call for more certainty on nuclear energy in South Africa

Govt misses court deadline on nuclear plan

By: News24Wire      19th May 2016 The government failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case with leading environmentalists and activists who claim that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government's nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament. In October last year,... 

Govt misses court deadline on nuclear plan

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 While State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged the importance of renewable energy as a way of producing better and cheaper energy, it maintains that nuclear will still be needed as baseload energy in years to come. Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo told delegates at... 

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom
Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo

New nuclear project financing discussed at conference in France

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) secretary-general Angel Gurría has called for a level playing field for all low-carbon electricity generating technologies in energy markets. He was delivering the opening address at an international conference in Paris on Wednesday, on... 

Energy sector headed in a positive direction

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations contributing about 10 GW jointly at full operation, global consulting firm KPMG believes the Department of Energy is proactively working towards reaching the National Development Plan’s (NDP) 2030 goal of having about 17 GW... 

Global body stands ready to help African countries adopt nuclear power

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2016 The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukio Amano, on Wednesday reaffirmed his organisation's readiness to help African countries adopt nuclear energy, if they wish to. "Your country [South Africa] is the only established user of nuclear power [in Africa]. Other... 

Global body stands ready to help African countries adopt nuclear power
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IAEA DG Yukio Amano

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2016 The world’s hunger for energy is insatiable and is expected to rise by about 48% between 2012 and 2040 – an increase of about 1.4% a year, as global economies grow and populations expand. The US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday published its updated projections of... 

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

Nuclear RFP will yield ‘binding’ financial information – Minister 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told lawmakers on Wednesday that the upcoming nuclear request for proposal (RFP) would enable South Africa to secure the “binding commercial and financial information” required to allow Cabinet to take a final decision on how best to implement the proposed... 

Nuclear RFP will yield ‘binding’ financial information – Minister
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Nuclear awareness low, rational debate needed in South Africa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2016 The general perceptions, often misinformed, surrounding nuclear development and South Africa’s nuclear programme need to be unpacked and clarified, so that citizens can make their own informed decisions, rationally, around the subject, industry proponents urged on Friday. South Africa’s ambitions... 

Nuclear awareness low, rational debate needed in South Africa
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Necsa chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm

There is a business case for nuclear in South Africa, says Necsa CEO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2016 Government’s proposed 9.6 GW nuclear build programme has a place in South Africa, with new research showing that its base case cost could be lower than that of coal-fired power generation, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane said on Friday. He noted that the... 

There is a business case for nuclear in South Africa, says Necsa CEO

Westinghouse outlines to ConCourt why it should be awarded Koeberg contract

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2016 Nuclear vendor Westinghouse has described as “alarmist” Eskom’s argument that the existing steam generators at Koeberg would pose a safety threat after 2018, arguing in an affidavit filed with the Constitutional Court that it is able to install replacement steam generators well before the end of... 

Westinghouse outlines to ConCourt why it should be awarded Koeberg contract

African countries have major nuclear ambitions

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 Eleven African countries are considering building nuclear power plants over the next 14 years to overcome the continent’s extreme electricity shortage. Outside South Africa, the entire installed generation capacity of Sub-Saharan Africa was now just 28 GW – equivalent to that of Argentina – Anton... 

African countries have major nuclear ambitions

Economic status hinders nuclear developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 The development of the proposed nuclear energy project in South Africa could become increasingly difficult to complete, should the economy be downgraded to junk status by credit rating companies. According to advisory firm KPMG global infrastructure major projects advisory head De Buys Scott,... 

Economic status hinders nuclear developments
DE BUYS SCOTT As long as the nuclear project remains affordable, South Africa can look forward to a cleaner, larger source of baseload energy

Nuclear energy not a threat for renewables

     6th May 2016 Renewable energy producers who believe the new nuclear build programme could mean an end to business and the derailment of renewable energy targets can sleep easy, says Sandton-based corporate and commercial law firm Werkmans Attorneys director Happy Masondo. She notes that the derailment of... 

Nuclear energy not a threat for renewables
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TINA JOEMAT-PETTERSSON As of 2015 a total of 6 300 MW of renewable energy has been procured to be generated from renewable energy sources

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 energy obvious solution  to SA power problems
VIKTOR POLIKARPOV Rosatom is focused on providing tailored nuclear solutions to lower the cost of a unit of electricity

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
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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

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