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Nuclear News

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... 

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

SA nuclear corporation tells MPs it is ready for nuclear new build programme 

By: Keith Campbell     22nd July 2015 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy on Wednesday that it is ready for South Africa’s proposed programme to build a number of new nuclear power plants (NPP). It can do so using its existing facilities. The parliamentarians were... 

SA nuclear corporation tells MPs it is ready for nuclear new build programme

Russia’s Rosatom promotes its technologies in Cape Town 

By: Kim Cloete     17th July 2015 A large delegation from Russia’s nuclear giant Rosatom has showcased its technologies for thermal power engineering at the PowerGen Africa conference in Cape Town. The thermal technology could be used in coal-fired or gas projects in South Africa. Russia is widely considered to be the frontrunner... 

Russia’s Rosatom promotes its technologies in Cape Town

Project managers chosen for UK nuclear power stations

     17th July 2015 Engineering, procurement and construction contractor Foster Wheeler announced in March that it was awarded a contract by UK-based energy provider EDF Energy to provide project management services to all of its UK nuclear power stations and technical offices in Gloucester and East Kilbride. 

Project managers chosen for  UK nuclear power stations
HINKLEY POINT C EDF Energy plans to build two new reactors at Hinkley Point

Nuclear a must to meet S Africa energy needs, renewables limited, says energy expert 

By: Kim Cloete     16th July 2015 South Africa needs an additional 5 TWh of energy a year to keep up with its growing population and meet the energy shortage, states Professor Philip Lloyd of the Energy Institute at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. “Renewable energy will help us, but not save us. We need nuclear,” he... 

Nuclear a must to meet S Africa energy needs, renewables limited, says energy expert
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Koeberg nuclear power station

Nuclear energy procurement process to start this month, budget not revealed 

By: Shirley le Guern     14th July 2015 The procurement process for South Africa’s new build nuclear energy programme will start in the second quarter of this year and be completed by the end of the 2015 financial year with the selection of either a single or a group of strategic partners, the Department of Energy (DoE) has revealed.... 

Nuclear energy procurement process to start this month, budget not revealed

Iran, 6 world powers reach historical nuclear deal

By: News24Wire      14th July 2015 Foreign ministers from six world powers and Iran finally achieved an agreement Tuesday to prevent the Islamic republic from developing nuclear weapons, Western diplomats said in Vienna. In return for limiting Iran's nuclear activities, the tight web of Western economic sanctions that has been... 

Iran, 6 world powers reach historical nuclear deal

South African learners to conduct experiment at CERN

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th July 2015 Eight Grade 11 learners from St John’s College and two from Barnato Park High School, both in Johannesburg, recently teamed up to win the European Organisation for Nuclear Research’s (CERN’s) Beamline for Schools competition and will travel to Switzerland in September to carry out their winning... 

South African learners to conduct  experiment at CERN
TEAMWORK Accelerating Africa’s proposed experiment will study the properties of a crystal undulator for the production of megaelectron volts-range gamma radiation

Rosatom, S Africa fortify nuclear partnership through signing of MoUs 

By: Natalie Greve     9th July 2015 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) and Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom have further strengthened their nuclear energy alliance, this week signing two memoranda of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in training personnel for the South African nuclear power industry and in enhancing... 

Rosatom, S Africa fortify nuclear partnership through signing of MoUs

Russia has nuclear training programmes for foreign partners

By: Keith Campbell     26th June 2015 Russia is willing and able to help train South Africans in the skills required to operate the country’s planned new fleet of nuclear power plants (NPPs). Russian State-owned nuclear company Rosatom already has in place training programmes for foreign personnel, points out Rosatom Central... 

Nuclear energy a 'secure' option for South Africa – Adam 

By: Kim Cloete     25th June 2015 Although South Africa could procure more energy from other African countries to help plug its energy gap, nuclear energy would be a more secure option in the long run, says former South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO Dr Rob Adam. He told attendees at a South African National Energy... 

Nuclear energy a 'secure' option for South Africa – Adam
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Former Necsa CEO Dr Rob Adam

African Progress Panel calls for investment to lower carbon emissions 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th June 2015 The Africa Progress Panel has called on African countries that emit the most carbon emissions to raise their level of ambition, adding that governments in these countries should place stringent prices on emissions of greenhouse gases by taxing it, instead of encouraging it by spending billions on... 

African Progress Panel calls for investment to lower carbon emissions

DoE seeks more money for nuclear regulator

By: Kim Cloete     3rd June 2015 As the Department of Energy (DoE) on Tuesday presented the case for nuclear energy to Parliament, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) faced uncertain times. Funding for the NNR had always been an issue of contention. It received its revenue from two streams – the operators of nuclear facilities... 

DoE seeks more money for nuclear regulator

Govt signals firm commitment to nuclear build  

By: Kim Cloete     3rd June 2015 Department of Energy (DoE) head of nuclear Zizamele Mbambo has told MPs that the government was firmly committed to going ahead with the nuclear build programme, with the first unit scheduled for 2023, and other units to follow soon afterwards. “We are going to procure 9.6 GW of power from six to... 

Govt signals firm commitment to nuclear build

Govt says making nuclear progress, but coy on funding

By: Kim Cloete     2nd June 2015 The Department of Energy (DoE) told Parliament on Tuesday that technical preparations for the nuclear programme were at an advanced stage and that government was ready to move full steam ahead; but it kept details of how the programme would be financed firmly under wraps. “We are still... 

Govt says making nuclear progress, but coy on funding
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Department of Energy's Deputy Director General in charge of nuclear, Zizamele Mbambo

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