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Mar 26, 2014
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UK special representative on climate change Sir David King
UK special representative on climate change Sir David King believes South Africa is well placed to take advantage of strongly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices to deal cost effectively with its prevailing electricity shortfalls, while also lowering its carbon...
Mar 26, 2014
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) this week officially unveiled a new training centre that would “catapult” South Africa’s nuclear protection status to new levels, said the centre’s acting CEO Xolisa Mabhongo. The DTI contributed R3-million towards...
Mar 18, 2014
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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
Although the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, set the global nuclear energy sector back, this has since been overcome. So affirmed US Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel...
Mar 18, 2014
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Minister of Energy Dikobe Ben Martins
South African Minister of Energy Dikobe Ben Martins has stated that the government has a major long-term objective in the nuclear sector: "to be self-sufficient in all aspects of the nuclear chain". (The entire nuclear chain includes uranium mining, enrichment,...
Mar 18, 2014
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South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane has urged the local nuclear sector to adopt a different approach in promoting the expansion of nuclear energy in South Africa. "We have to talk about nuclear today," he affirmed in...
Mar 18, 2014
The total energy capacity in Africa’s 54 member States is equal to that of Germany and Denmark alone, while 585-million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. Putting these facts on the table, South Africa’s deputy director-general of energy, Dr...
Mar 17, 2014
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Improving energy infrastructure on the African continent will unleash investments, drive jobs and drive down pollution, US Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman has told the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town. An upbeat Poneman said while energy costs in...
Mar 06, 2014
Power Evacuation 220 kV transmission lines will evacuate electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydroelectric plant
Construction of transmission lines to evacuate power from a regional hydroelectric project in East Africa, which was hanging on the balance following the withdrawal of financing by key partners, is now back on track. After six months of uncertainty, the African...
Mar 05, 2014
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Jan 20, 2014
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Dec 11, 2013
French nuclear vendor Areva has welcomed the publication of the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update report, notwithstanding its proposal that the integration of new nuclear capacity should be delayed and scaled back, or even abandoned entirely should the...
Dec 05, 2013
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DIKOBE BEN MARTINS Ensure that South Africa can compete with the rest of the world
South African Energy Minister Ben Martins has affirmed that the government wants the country to be globally competitive in the nuclear sector. "Our responsibility has always been ... to ensure that, in nuclear energy, South Africa can compete with the rest of the...
Dec 05, 2013
BIRD’S-EYE VIEW An aerial shot of the Necsa complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria
One of the biggest challenges facing South African industry when it comes to participating in the country's planned programme to build new nuclear power plants (NPPs) concerns financial guarantees and performance bonds. So warned Nuclear Industries Association of...
Dec 05, 2013
Russia's State-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom is very willing to partner with South African companies should this country select the group to build new nuclear power plants (NPPs) here. These partnerships could include localisation, technology transfer and...
Dec 03, 2013
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The Department of Energy (DoE) has called for public comment on an updated version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030, in which a materially lower demand outlook is projected over the 20-year horizon. In fact, the update anticipates that 6 600 MW less...
Nov 28, 2013
South African Energy Minister Ben Martins and an accompanying delegation visited subsidiaries and facilities of nuclear group Rosatom from November 13 to November 15, the Russian State-owned company recently reported. The South African delegation included South...
Nov 25, 2013
Group Five is already doing work at the Koeberg nuclear power station
The energy-related proportion of Group Five’s R14.7-billion order book as of the end of October has increased to 39%, or R5.7-billion, with power projects comprising R3.4-billion and oil and gas developments the R1.9-billion balance. CEO Mike Upton says power, oil...
Nov 25, 2013
Nuclear Industries Association of South Africa president Dr Rob Adam
One of the biggest challenges facing South African industry when it comes to participating in the country's planned programme to build new nuclear power plants (NPPs) concerns financial guarantees and performance bonds. So warned Nuclear Industries Association of...
Nov 25, 2013
Russia's State-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom is very willing to partner with South African companies should this country select the group to build new nuclear power plants (NPPs) here. These partnerships could include localisation, technology transfer and...
Nov 25, 2013
South African Energy Minister Ben Martins has affirmed that the government wants the country to be globally competitive in the nuclear sector. "Our responsibility has always been ... to ensure that, in nuclear energy, South Africa can compete with the rest of the...
 
 
 
 
Nov 21, 2013
Renowned international engineering cooperative, educational and training, research, outreach and codes and standards development organisation ASME (originally the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, founded in 1880) is ready to help South Africa develop its...
Nov 19, 2013
Energy Minister Ben Martins
South African Energy Minister Ben Martins and an accompanying delegation visited subsidiaries and facilities of nuclear group Rosatom from November 13 to November 15, the Russian State-owned company announced on Monday. The South African delegation included South...
Nov 14, 2013
Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom (Rosatom) is seeking to augment its ability to deliver on the South African government’s localisation requirements for the country’s planned new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. To do so, it is seeking to...
Nov 11, 2013
Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be shut down for over seven weeks for a scheduled refuelling, inspection and maintenance outage, parastatal Eskom has advised. As a result, the system was expected to be “particularly tight” for...
Nov 08, 2013
To develop partnerships with South African companies, the central holding company for Russia's entire nuclear energy complex, State Atomic Nuclear Energy Corporation Rosatom, will hold the regional forum of nuclear industry suppliers ATOMEX Africa in Johannesburg on...
Oct 23, 2013
Investment in projects by State-owned companies, including the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) R123-billion fleet renewal programme, would account for the largest investments in economic infrastructure by the public sector over the medium-term...
Oct 03, 2013
The planned nuclear emergency exercise, held by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) last month at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, was deemed successful. "From what I've seen, Necsa seems to have activated...
Oct 03, 2013
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Oct 03, 2013
One of the focus areas of the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Institutional Research Theme on Energy (IRT/E) is research on the effectiveness of using silicon carbide as a fuel cladding tube instead of zircalloy in light-water reactors, says UP professor Johan...
Oct 03, 2013
South Africa, which currently has a power supply deficit, is at a point where, if it does not decide on its next baseload power station, it runs the risk of being unable to improve the current energy constraint situation, professional services firm Deloitte leader...
 
 
 
 
Oct 03, 2013
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There is not a shortage of the underlying capability needed to realise the nuclear programme and associated infrastructure, provided it is planned and programmed properly, states consulting and engineering firm Gibbs’ general manager for power & energy, Paul...
Sep 26, 2013
DAVID EASTON Retired civil engineer highlights the industry and his progression therein from 1930 to 2008
Retired civil engineer David Easton wrote an autobiography of his lifelong career in the civil engineering industry, highlighting the industry and his progression therein from 1930 to 2008 and now gives presentations to high school learners, based on the book, to...
Sep 26, 2013
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
The Department of Energy (DoE) will be undertaking study tours to a number of key nuclear-energy jurisdictions in the coming months ahead of a final nuclear decision, which government still insists will be made before the end of the current financial year, which runs...
Sep 12, 2013
Westinghouse South Africa, a unit of US nuclear group Westinghouse Electric, will play a central role in the American group’s localisation operations should South Africa chose its AP1000 design for its future new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. (At the moment,...
Sep 11, 2013
NNR manager: nuclear technology and waste projects Thiagan Pather
The preliminary evaluation by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) of the planned nuclear emergency exercise held on Wednesday at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, is favorable. However, there still has to be...
Sep 05, 2013
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Sep 05, 2013
American nuclear company Westinghouse Electric, part of Japan’s Toshiba group, is offering South Africa a broad range of options for the country’s future nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. Currently, Pretoria intends to generate 9.6 GW of electricity from nuclear...
Sep 05, 2013
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is seeking to strengthen South Africa’s skills base and help develop a local nuclear manufacturing capability. “Part of our mandate is to implement skills development,” points out Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane. “We...
Aug 29, 2013
Department of Energy (DoE) Director General Nelisiwe Magubane has reaffirmed the South African government’s commitment to nuclear power as part of the country’s future energy mix. She also reported that the government is considering different ownership options for...
Aug 23, 2013
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Aug 22, 2013
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) will extend the life of its current nuclear research reactor, Safari-1, for at least ten years. Thereafter, it will be replaced by a new reactor. The corporation hopes that the new reactor will be built and...
Aug 21, 2013
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Research undertaken by academics from the North-West University (NWU) has found that the new nuclear energy capacity being proposed for development in South Africa could be twice as expensive as that of coal-fired power generation capacity. NWU Center for Research...
Aug 16, 2013
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Aug 15, 2013
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has achieved a turnaround of more than R100-million in just one financial year, from a deficit of R75-million at the start of 2012/2013 to a surplus of R29-million at the end of 2012/2013. As a result, a planned...
Aug 15, 2013
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DoE DG Nelisiwe Magubane
The South African government is considering different ownership options for the country’s proposed new fleet of nuclear power stations, Department of Energy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane told the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) 2013...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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