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Russian giant copper project aims to raise $1.25bn in 2018

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Baikal Mining Company, operator of Russia's biggest untapped copper deposit Udokan, plans to raise $1.25-billion in project financing from a Russian bank by the start of 2019, its chairperson Valery Kazikayev told Reuters. Spurred by high global appetite for cooper, which many expect to be in... 

Spain's nuclear watchdog requests more info on Berkeley uranium mine

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Spain's nuclear watchdog CSN has asked Australian mining company Berkeley Energia for more information on its plans for a uranium mine in Salamanca, on which work is due to begin later this year, the regulator said on Friday. The project, which would become the European Union's only open-cast... 

SA computing expertise benefits world’s most powerful particle accelerator

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 South African researchers have played a key role in developing and running the very powerful computer system, and the subsequent data analysis, that supports the Atlas detector in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC lies on... 

South Africa’s nuclear industry disappointed with the new IRP

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa is not happy at the exclusion of further nuclear power (over and above that already provided by the existing Koeberg nuclear power plant) from the Government’s recently released Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018-2030. Although he described the... 

‘We can’t do expensive’

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2018 During a recent panel discussion on the ‘electricity utility of the future’ the Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s Piet van Staden made the point that industry could deal with complexity, but “we can’t do expensive”. He was speaking the day after Energy Minister Jeff Radebe... 

RWE fears lignite industry collapse in hasty coal exit by Merkel

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to phase out coal-fired power plants in Germany should stop short of “prematurely” closing brown coal facilities, or she risks the collapse of the nation’s mining industry as well as persistent blackouts, RWE AG said in a report. Shuttering coal plants may have a... 

Guptas' flagship Oakbay faces liquidation application over R2m unpaid rent

By: News24Wire      11th September 2018 Business rescue practitioners appointed to save a Gupta business have filed an application for the liquidation of the Gupta's flagship company, Oakbay Investments, as a result of its failure to pay rent to another Gupta-owned company, Tegeta. In court papers filed in the Johannesburg High Court... 

SAIW develops NDT in SA

7th September 2018 Progression through the initial society for nondestructive testing (NDT) company-based training into the globally accepted personnel qualification and certification standard, referred to as International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) 9712, has evolved significantly over the past 30... 

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Energy Institute researcher, South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) Fellow, energy expert and passionate educator professor Philip Lloyd passed away last month. He championed the role of science and how one needs to learn the language of... 

A reflection on latest IRP iteration

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th September 2018 The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a government plan that supposedly sets out  the future development of the South African electricity generation system. In theory, government passes the plan around for comment by industry and municipalities and everybody agrees, after which government policy... 

Coal-transition support should aid workers and communities, not Eskom – report

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2018 A new report into South Africa’s coal sector argues that any subsidies set aside for the country’s “inevitable” transition away from coal in electricity production should be tailored to protect workers, their dependants and communities, rather than Eskom, or the coal sector as a whole. Published... 

Denison buys out Cameco in Wheeler River JV

By: Mariaan Webb     5th September 2018 Uranium explorer and developer Denison Mines has increased its interest in the Wheeler River uranium project to 90% buy buying out Cameco Corp’s minority interest in the undeveloped high-grade project in the eastern Athabasca basin. Denison will acquire Cameco’s interest in the joint venture... 

Exclusion of new nuclear power capacity not deliberate – Radebe

By: African News Agency      4th September 2018 The decision to shelve plans to build new nuclear power plants was not based on principle but price and reduced electricity demand, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday.  "We have not deliberately left nuclear out but it is not in the plan due to lower demand and lower cost of other... 

Iran says it plans to boost ballistic, cruise missile capacity

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Iran plans to boost its ballistic and cruise missile capacity and acquire modern fighter planes and submarines, the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted a senior Defence Ministry official as saying on Saturday. News of the military development plans came a day after Iran dismissed a French call... 

World’s most powerful particle accelerator benefits from South African computing expertise

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd September 2018 South African researchers have played a key role in developing and running the very powerful computer system, and the subsequent data analysis, that supports the Atlas detector in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC lies on... 

South Africa’s nuclear industry raises objections to new IRP

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa is not happy at the exclusion of further nuclear power (over and above that already provided by the existing Koeberg nuclear power plant) from the Government’s recently released Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2030. “The nuclear industry,” observed... 

Uranium set for best run since 2014 as miners buy after halts

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2018 Uranium is heading for its longest run of monthly gains since November 2014 as global supply tightens after mine closures and as producers and investors boost purchases in the spot market. Spot uranium is up 2.1% this month, set for a fourth monthly advance, and has climbed more than 30% since... 

Adventures on the interconnected power system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st August 2018   I worked for State-owned power utility Eskom as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for just under two years. It was a fabulous job. I reported to the chief engineer, who, in turn, reported to the regional manager. But both the chief engineer and I had a reporting... 

Air quality control solutions balance social and environmental needs

29th August 2018 Coal-fired power generation remains an important component of Africa’s energy landscape. Air-quality control solutions are key to preserving clean air and quality of life, says Webb Meko, Business Development Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch Johannesburg, 21 August 2018 – According to... 

Coal suppliers urged to put South Africa first 

By: Kim Cloete     28th August 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has suggested that Parliament call in some of the big and small coal suppliers to account for their export of coal, amid increasing concerns about the shortage of coal in the country. Gordhan was speaking after several Members of Parliament suggested... 

Clinobrite From Pratley Cuts Chlorine Costs In Pool Maintenance

27th August 2018 With spring almost upon us, many homeowners will again be faced with the issue of ongoing pool maintenance. Clinobrite from Pratley is an ideal product to cut costs by reducing chlorine consumption, giving homeowners peace of mind to enjoy their swimming pools to the fullest during summer.... 

Integrated Resource Plan to be released on Monday, Radebe confirms

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 The release of the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will go ahead on Monday, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has confirmed. Radebe tweeted on Friday that the long-awaited energy update was under discussion at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) but would be posted on... 

Milestones & Opportunities

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2018 Fresh analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), showing that the combined installed base of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators breached the one-terawatt mark at the end of June, offered statistical confirmation of an energy transition that is now in full swing. Of this total, wind... 

MTN optimistic about its Iran business despite renewed US sanctions

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2018 Telecommunications group MTN remains optimistic over prospects in Iran, despite the recently renewed US sanctions blocking further attempts at repatriating funds due to it from 49%-owned joint venture MTN Irancell. In May, the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)... 

Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment 

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2018 Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed on Thursday that Cabinet has approved the publication of the updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) and that it will be gazetted for comment by no later than August 27. Briefing media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday,... 

South African govt to release long-term energy plan

By: African News Agency      21st August 2018 Government will release the reviewed Integrated Resource Plan later this week, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday. Radebe told reporters the energy blueprint would be tabled to Cabinet on Wednesday and made public later in the week, "probably on Friday". 

Riots and strikes

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th August 2018 We are in an era of strikes and riots. Workers at State-owned power utility Eskom have been on strike for weeks and have just settled, the taxi drives are on strike, the public workers union are threatening a strike, platinum workers are on strike, and so on. All strikes happen with the usual... 

US nuclear company Westinghouse emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 US major nuclear group Westinghouse Electric exited from bankruptcy protection (under Chapter 11 of US Bankruptcy Code) at the start of this month, when its takeover by Brookfield Business Partners came into effect. Brookfield, which is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges and is... 

Stable salt reactor – wasteburner demonstration plant, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation and New Brunswick Power plan to build a stable salt reactor – wasteburner demonstration plant, in New Brunswick. 

What is driving a rally in EU carbon permit prices?

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 The Benchmark European carbon price hit a 10-year high on Wednesday, marking a near 130% rise this year, with prices set to continue climbing over the next few years. The European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) charges power plants and factories for every tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2)... 

Tipping point?

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2018 The dust has well and truly settled on of the tenth Brics summit, hosted in Johannesburg last month. While the event was generally viewed as positive from a South African perspective, it failed to capture the popular imagination. Most public interest centred on whether Russia’s strongman... 

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Full control over raw-material sources, production and packaging, as well as the in-house expertise that this stimulates, enables the Pratley group of companies to develop innovative products, ensure quality control and grow, says Pratley CEO Kim Pratley. The company, which produces a well-known... 

Rooppur nuclear power plant, Bangladesh

By: Sheila Barradas     10th August 2018 Construction of the walls of Unit 1’s reactor building are under way. 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2018 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

South Africa’s wind industry calls for standard metrics for employment in the energy sector 

By: Kim Cloete     27th July 2018 The South African wind industry has called for a standardised metric to determine employment in the energy sector.   Currently all South African coal power-related employment studies use the metric employees or jobs as opposed to the more internationally applied metric person-years, which is used... 

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa generation and power regional director Martin Mkhabela. This volatility is caused by the pricing... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Eskom has signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank for the Kusile power station. 

Necsa, Rosatom subsidiary partner on nuclear medicine

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and Rusatom Healthcare, the healthcare division of Russian State-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom, on Thursday signed an agreement to cooperate with each other on nonpower-related uses of nuclear technology. The agreement, which is based on... 

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