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France to decide by 2020 on next generation aircraft carrier

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 The French military is studying what sort of aircraft carrier should replace the Charles De Gaulle, and should decide by the end of 2020, Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday. “The new French carrier will be floated by 2038,” she said on BFM television. “We must define its missions,... 

Cybersecurity must be managed at board level, urges Gautrain boss 

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2018 Cybersecurity must be managed proactively at board level, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. “It must be led by senior management and assured by corporate governance. It is a line function and not a staff function.” 

'I was there when Cabinet approved nuclear programme' – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      30th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said he was in the Cabinet meeting where the decision was taken to issue a request for proposals for the nuclear build programme in 2015. This is according to a written reply from the president in response to a question from Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier – who... 

Business concerned about coal sector job losses

By: Kim Cloete     26th October 2018 The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Black Business Council (BBC) have called for amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, telling Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Energy, on Friday, that the draft plan, with its emphasis on renewable energy rather than coal,... 

Shake-up at US energy regulator raises specter of coal bailout

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2018 An untimely resignation has given one Kentucky Republican a second shot at saving coal. Neil Chatterjee, former energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been tapped to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after Chairman Kevin McIntyre stepped down this week due to... 

IRP decision time

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 The comment period for the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 has closed and it’s now up to the Department of Energy (DoE) to sift through the responses and assess whether or not any adjustments should be made before asking Cabinet to approve the final version. The draft has been generally... 

Eskom to add 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines by 2028

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2018 Power utility Eskom plans to add about 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines and 46 000 MVA of transformer capacity in the next ten years, its latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), for the period from 2019 to 2028, shows. The TDP, which was released on Thursday, also demonstrates... 

Cosatu calls for overhaul of draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     24th October 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, calling for an overhaul. It also called for a firm commitment not to retrench workers as well as tougher, hard-hitting plans to halt looting and recover money stolen from Eskom. 

Scholars beware: phishing fraudsters hunt for university credentials

24th October 2018 Kaspersky Lab urges academics to be careful online: the company's researchers have detected multiple cyberattacks hitting at least 131 universities in 16 countries, including South Africa, where several well-known universities have experienced at least one phishing attack in the past year. These... 

Don’t limit renewables in IRP, urges prominent activist

By: Kim Cloete     24th October 2018 Prominent activist Liz McDaid has called on the government not to limit the construction of renewable energy capacity under the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018. “A look at the IRP says renewables must be constrained. The rationale for restricting renewables is to pull nuclear or coal... 

NGOs call for more time to deliberate on the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     23rd October 2018 Earthlife Africa has called for more time to deliberate on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), saying the 60-day period for public comment is "highly ambitious" and many citizens have been left out of the process. Makoma Lekalakala of Earthlife Africa said South Africans had a right to... 

Uranium market's Aramco unveils London IPO despite Trump threat

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 The initial public offering (IPO) of the world’s largest oil producer Saudi Aramco may be on the back burner, but the IPO of its uranium-market equivalent is full steam ahead. Kazatomprom, the world’s No. 1 producer of the nuclear fuel, on Monday said it would list as much as 25 percent of its... 

Palladium nears record after hedge funds piled in amid shortages

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 Palladium climbed near a record as the US plans to pull out of the nuclear weapons pact with Russia, fueling tensions with one of the largest producers at a time when consumers are already scrambling for supplies. Production will trail consumption by 481 000 ounces this year and deficits will... 

US EPA withdraws proposed Obama-era rule change for uranium mining

By: Reuters     21st October 2018 The US Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it has withdrawn a regulation proposed in the last days of the Obama administration that aimed to tighten health and safety compliance rules for uranium miners. On January 19, 2017 - a day before Donald Trump took office as president - the... 

Nhlanhla Nene resigns as MP 

By: News24Wire      19th October 2018 After falling on his sword as minister of finance, Nhlanhla Nene has also resigned as an MP, the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed on Friday. ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu's office received Nene's resignation letter on Friday. This follows Nene's testimony before the commission of... 

IRP 2018 suffers from major failings, nuclear analyst claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

Renewable energy industry comments on draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 The renewable energy sector in South Africa has welcomed the draft Integrated Resource Plant (IRP) 2018, but has also expressed concerns. “While the IRP forecasting is rational in its choices, it unfortunately requires us to accept some overly optimistic assumptions,” said the South African... 

Organisations raise objections to the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 Industry bodies and organisations have welcomed aspects of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 but have also raised concerns during public hearings held in Parliament on Wednesday. They are hoping that their suggestions will be included in a final plan for South Africa’s energy future. 

Wits Business School Addresses the Energy Sector Skills Shortage

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 The energy landscape in Africa is changing dramatically.  Opportunities abound for investments, partnerships and other initiatives in the sector, particularly in oil and gas and renewable energy. The World Bank's Africa Energy project portfolio currently carries 48 projects totalling US$3... 

Study that fails to back Trump coal rescue plan kept under wraps

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 A report commissioned by the Energy Department failed to reach conclusions favoring the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power – and remains under wraps six months after submission. “The report hasn’t seen the light of day,” the principal author, Michael Webber tweeted... 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 South Africa should consider including a policy adjustment in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) directing developers of new renewable-energy infrastructure to build projects in regions currently geared towards coal mining and coal-fired electricity production. University of Johannesburg... 

ANC, opposition parties welcome Mboweni, praise Nene

By: News24Wire      9th October 2018 Former South African Reserve Bank governor and newly appointed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is highly accomplished and should be able to hit the ground running. This was the sentiment from the ANC and opposition parties after the news broke that Mboweni would replace former minister, Nhlanhla... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Albemarle shares drop after media report on Chile lithium quota

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Shares of Albemarle Corp fell more than 2% on Monday after a newspaper reported that Chile's nuclear regulator has refused to increase the company's lithium production quota. The report, which has yet to be confirmed by officials, would be a blow to the world's largest lithium producer's aim to... 

President's office says 'not aware' of Nene request to be sacked

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson said on Monday his office was not aware of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's request to be relieved of his duties after he admitted to visiting the Gupta brothers. The rand fell more than one percent when Business Day newspaper reported Nene had asked... 

MCA calls for legislation review to end ‘uranium discrimination’

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called for a reform of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, to allow Australia to benefit from uranium mining. In a paper commissioned by the MCA, environmental assessment expert Lachlan Wilkinson recommended the Act be... 

Kenya on course to develop nuclear energy, official says

By: Reuters     5th October 2018 Kenya's ambition of having a nuclear power plant is still on course and it hopes to build its first such facility in the next 12 to 15 years, a senior Energy Ministry official said on Friday. Joseph Njoroge, principal secretary for electricity, told Reuters the East African nation plans to turn... 

EU's biggest coal-mining nation plans output hike to cut imports

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 The biggest coal producer in the European Union plans to boost output of the dirty fuel by about 10% in the next several years to cut down on imports, which are set to jump to a record this year, according to the Polish government. The country, which saw its thermal coal output slumping 7% to... 

Necsa hopeful that radioisotope production will restart soon

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th October 2018 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane told “Engineering News Online” on Thursday that it was hoped that production at its subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes would restart in the near future. Operations at NTP were shut down in June following a breach in safety... 

Coal reaching $100/t in Europe boosts greener alternatives

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Coal’s push to $100/t in Europe may benefit the greenest energy providers more than it does for miners. Companies that provide alternatives ranging from renewable power plants to natural gas turbines are expecting a lift after the commodity reached a five-year high. Far from spurring a revival... 

IRP 2018 suffers from major errors, affirms nuclear analyst 

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd October 2018 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

Zuma sacked me for rejecting Gupta deals – Nene

By: Reuters     3rd October 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Wednesday he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to approve contracts that would financially benefit the Gupta family, friends of Zuma accused of corruption. Nene, who was giving testimony at a judicial inquiry into influence-peddling, said... 

Nene met Guptas, refused Russia nuke deal

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said he met repeatedly with members of the Gupta family, who have been implicated in a corruption scandal related to former President Jacob Zuma and separately was twice pressured to sign a multi-billion Russian nuclear-power deal by former Energy Minister Tina... 

Niasa to hold deliberations on the draft IRP2018

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) will, on Wednesday, host a workshop to deliberate its response to the new Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP2018). The workshop, which will be held at the Wits Club at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Braamfontein, aims to bring... 

Foreign-backed miner hopes to begin Chilean lithium project in 2020

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Foreign-backed Salar Blanco expects to begin construction on its lithium mining project at the beginning of 2020 in Chile's north, once its environmental permit is approved by the government. The approval process for the necessary environmental permit for the initiative, which includes an... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 The remaining Kusile units are progressing well. 

Uranium import probe threatens US nuclear power industry - group

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 US nuclear power generators urged the federal government against taking action in a dispute over imported uranium, arguing tariffs or quotas would increase costs for the struggling industry and possibly cause some reactors to shut, according to a statement emailed on Wednesday. The US Department... 

Advisian quickly becoming an advisor of choice in transport and master planning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 Transport infrastructure is a primary driver for expanding trade and sustainable development throughout the EMEA region. This is particularly the case in the SSA (sub-Saharan African) and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions, where the integration of transport infrastructure with new... 

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