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Feb 17, 2014
Days after President Jacob Zuma confirmed in his State of the Nation address that government would move ahead with the procurement of new nuclear capacity, the Department of Energy (DoE) indicated that it planned to appoint an adviser to assess the economic impact of...
Jan 31, 2014
With ongoing electricity price increases, embedded generation – connecting small-scale energy producers with the electricity distribution network – is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect in South Africa. Both solar and wind energy have become a lot cheaper...
Jan 20, 2014
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Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to...
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 06, 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 06, 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 06, 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 29, 2013
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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 22, 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 15, 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 04, 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 04, 2013
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Oct 04, 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 04, 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 04, 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 27, 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 13, 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 06, 2013
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Sep 06, 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 06, 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 30, 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 23, 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 16, 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...
Aug 15, 2013
DoE director-general Nelisiwe Magubane
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 was addressing the 2013 conference of the Nuclear Industry Association of South...
Aug 15, 2013
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Russian nuclear company Rusatom Overseas believes that it could generate thousands of jobs in South Africa if it is chosen to build the proposed new fleet of nuclear power plants (NPPs) and that its localisation programme would generate billions of dollars in...
Aug 06, 2013
Russian company Rusatom Overseas, a subsidiary of the State-owned Rosatom nuclear group, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Africa’s North-West University (NWU). Rusatom Overseas is tasked with promoting Russian nuclear technologies in the...
Jul 30, 2013
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The Koeberg power station
Nuclear technology had the potential to boost South Africa’s economy beyond the energy industry, said South African Nuclear Energy Corporation Nurad division acting group executive Ayanda Myoli. The development of the country’s nuclear ambitions would see the...
 
 
 
 
Jul 26, 2013
Nuclear technology for electricity production has received increased attention in South Africa, especially after the South African government published the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010. A slight growth in the nuclear power industry is expected, owing to the...
Jul 25, 2013
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Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane
South Africa should finalise its ‘nuclear procurement roadmap’ by November, Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane reports, adding that a study on the likely costs of such a programme should be completed in September. Speaking exclusively to...
Jul 05, 2013
Increasing the role of gas may be one answer to a low-carbon economy, but it could also undermine support for renewable energy, said Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins at a business breakfast hosted by the firm last month. He explained that, for the...
Jul 01, 2013
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In his closing statement at the International Atomic Energy Agency International (IAEA) Ministerial Conference last week, Russian State atomic energy corporation Rosatom director-general Sergey Kirienko said the conference had reaffirmed that nuclear power remained...
Jun 28, 2013
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If countries that used nuclear as a power source regularly used national and international peer reviews of nuclear installations as reference, the safety of power plants around the world would be improved and their ecological impact reduced, head of international...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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