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South African nuclear achievement crowned by US award

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 South African company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, has been presented with an Award for Outstanding Achievement by the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), an agency of the US Department of Energy (DoE), the two... 

Abrupt end to North Pole expedition on a yacht

By: Kelvin Kemm     22nd September 2017 I told the story of British explorer Pen Hadrow (Engineering News, September 1, 2017) setting out in two sailing ships in an attempt to sail all the way to the North Pole on open water to prove how horrible mankind has produced horrible climate change, which is melting the Arctic ice. I said I... 

Cooling vest reduces industrial heat stress

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 Staff exposed to hot environments, in combination with doing arduous work and wearing multi-layered protective clothing, such as firefighters, may suffer thermal physiological strain, says water jet cutting company Total Blasting, which is the South African distributing agent for Sweden-based... 

Necsa plans to restart nuclear pebble-fuel production

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. The corporation is also looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality... 

Zuma schools Trump on climate at UN

By: News24Wire      21st September 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday declared in his address at the UN that climate change was real. Speaking at the General Debate of the seventy-second Session of the UN General Assembly, Zuma expressed support for victims of hurricanes, arguing that climate change was "real". 

Bolivia signs contract with Russia to create nuclear centre

By: Keith Campbell     21st September 2017 Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group is to establish a Nuclear Research and Technology Centre (NRTC) in Bolivia. The contract was signed in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday, between Rosatom group company State Specialised Design Institute (SSDI) and the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency... 

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply electric-car boom

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Russia’s State-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush. After a collapse in the price of uranium, Rosatom Corp. plans to start mining and trading the metal used in batteries as it seeks to profit from the rapid rise of electric vehicles. 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Electric buses powered by platinum-catalysed fuel cells are attracting the attention of South Africans, who will visit Germany next month to update themselves on passenger carriers that emit zero pollution into the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of interest in fuel cell buses simply because the... 

New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 New analysis conducted using updated cost assumptions for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and batteries shows that the share of renewable energy in an electricity mix that would also be the least cost for South Africa could grow to above 90% by 2050. Such a portfolio, the study indicates,... 

Next Fortescue CEO to lead push beyond iron-ore cash machine

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 Nev Power’s successor as Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.’s top executive will be charged with leading the world’s fourth-largest iron ore exporter’s drive into new businesses. “We are going to look for and consider other opportunities, where other investors can join us,” chairperson and founder... 

Fate is against us

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th September 2017 Recently, somebody was  discussing minibus taxis and how badly they drive. It was mentioned that, in fact, they drive very well: they pass through the narrowest of gaps between cars, they glide down pavements. They can reverse at high speed through rush hour traffic. They can embark and disembark... 

It’s time to counter antinuclear propaganda

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th September 2017 Of all sources of electricity, nuclear is the safest, cleanest and cheapest. These are all easily provable assertions, yet, in the open forum of public debate about nuclear power, issues such as provable claims count for little. An unfortunate development in international public debate has been... 

Renewables’ share of global energy market to rise, system stability central

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 The world’s energy system will decarbonise over the next three decades, says advisory services and risk management company DNV GL Africa business manager Robert O’Keefe. Unpacking DNV GL’s ‘Energy Transition Outlook 2017’ report at the Nordic Energy Days conference, in Pretoria, on Thursday, he... 

Southern African Power Pool could learn from Nordic countries’ approach to energy market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 Southern Africa can take heed of the success of the Nordic region’s achievement of energy security through successful cross-border trade and integration, its integrated markets and other critical elements of the Nord Power Pool. This is the message that emerged from the first day of the three-day... 

Necsa re-establishing its nuclear pebble fuel production capability

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. This was reported by Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane at a media briefing at Pelindaba on... 

Necsa looks to make fluorchemical subsidiary profitable and expand manufacturing division

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality fluorochemical products manufacturing subsidiary Pelchem. It is also planning to expand its engineering and manufacturing division (not subsidiary) Pelindaba Enterprises. Pelchem... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 Unit 1 of Eskom’s Kusile power station has been brought into full production. 

Pluck the strings and weep

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th September 2017 On May 8, 2016, supporters of the green movement reached a moment of nirvana – the state of perfect peace, highest happiness and liberation from the repeating cycle of birth, life and death. Not since the end of Margaret Thatcher had their dreams been so realised. The huge event was this: on a... 

Bannerman hopeful on uranium price

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2017 Uranium developer Bannerman Resources is optimistic about the future of the uranium price, with CEO Brandon Munro telling delegates at the 15th yearly Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, that the current decade-low prices are unsustainable. “The uranium spot price is languishing at a decade... 

Gold prices near one-year high in wake of North Korea nuclear test

By: Reuters     4th September 2017 Gold prices climbed 1% to their highest in almost a year on Monday after North Korea's latest and most powerful nuclear test drove investors towards safe-haven assets. Spot gold had risen just over 1% to $1 338.36 per ounce by 0708 GMT, after earlier touching its strongest level since late... 

MCA wants Australian govt to rethink nuclear stance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st September 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called on the Australian government to rethink its nuclear prohibition, saying the ban on nuclear power could no longer be afforded given the country’s current energy challenges. “Nuclear power is off the table in Australia – literally banned,” the... 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), through its use of its Safari-1 research reactor and its subsidiary company, NTP Radioisotopes, is one of... 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), through its use of its SAFARI-1 research reactor and its subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes, is one of... 

New head of Kazatomprom appointed

     31st August 2017 The former deputy chairperson of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, Galymzhan Pirmatov, has been appointed the head of the country’s State uranium mining group Kazatomprom. Pirmatov is well known in the nuclear industry, having held the position of VP for economics and finance of Kazatomprom... 

Managing the socioeconomic impacts of SA’s lower-carbon economy transition

     30th August 2017 In this opinion piece, Jarredine Morris argues that it is important that the socioeconomic impacts, including the impact on employment, are assessed as South Africa transitions to a lower-carbon electricity sector   

Gold climbs as North Korea missile test sees price at 2017 high

By: Bloomberg     29th August 2017 Gold rallied to the highest level this year after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan, boosting haven demand. Palladium extended a rally and platinum rose above $1 000 an ounce. Bullion for immediate delivery gained as much as 1.2% to $1 326.08 an ounce, the highest intraday price... 

Concern raised over lack of support for coal roadmap 

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 Since the release in July 2013 of the South African Coal Roadmap (SACRM), there has been no impetus by government or coal miners to implement any of its recommendations. The SACRM was developed with a view to identifying possible scenarios that may impact on the coal industry, particularly in... 

Kudankulan nuclear power project – units 3 and 4, India

By: Sheila Barradas     25th August 2017 Kudankulan operates two reactors, which entered commercial operation in December 2014 and April 2017. 

MOON AMID GAS SUNRISE

     25th August 2017 This photograph – taken during the launch, earlier this month, of the Sunrise Energy open-access liquefied petroleum gas facility in Saldanha Bay – shows the moon’s reflection as the sun rose over the R1-billion import and storage terminal. The launch was presided over by Economic Development... 

Nuclear scenarios

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2017 For attentive followers of developments in South Africa’s not-always-transparent energy sector, a section in Jackkie Cilliers’ new book, ‘Fate of the Nation: Three Scenarios for South Africa’s Future’, will be of definite interest. The overall aim of the book isn’t to explore the energy sector in... 

Supplying lithium gets trickier as electric revolution looms 

By: Bloomberg     22nd August 2017 Hidden within the salt flats high in the Andes mountains of South America are vast deposits of the lithium that Elon Musk may need for his electric-car revolution. But extracting the mineral from brine ponds created by Orocobre has proved more difficult than expected. Bad weather and pump... 

Asian giant proceeds with latest nuclear expansion project with Russia

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 The ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group, has announced that key contracts for Stage III of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) had been signed on the last day of July. The contracts cover priority design work, and working design and... 

Machines, tools prepare steel pipes for successful welding

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Portable pipe-cutting split frames and orbital welding tools complement each other in the steel pipe construction industry because the split frames are used to prepare pipes for the welding procedure, says industrial product supplier Actum Industrial. 

South Africa supplying critical medical radioisotope to 50 countries

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced recently.... 

Thanks, Mr Trump, for introducing the concept of fake news

     18th August 2017 There is certainly one thing that US President Donald Trump has given to the world, and that is the concept of fake news. I watched, in real time, Trump’s media interaction in which he first used the term.  That media interaction was scheduled to last for 20 minutes; it went on for 75 minutes.... 

India, Iran talks on Farzad B gasfields near breaking point 

By: Ajoy K Das     16th August 2017 The protracted negotiations between India and Iran on the Farzad B gasfields have come to a halt following a hardening of stance by both countries. No top level talks between officials of India and Iran have been held since the expiry of the last deadline of February, but official written... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Russian bank sees gold jumping to $1 400 on world tension

By: Bloomberg     14th August 2017 Gold prices are set to jump to a four-year high of $1 400/oz by the end of the year over mounting tensions between North Korea and the US, and surging demand in the world’s biggest consumers, according to the head of precious metals at a Russian investment bank. Bullion could rise to $1 360/oz... 

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