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Topic - Nuclear
Aug 29, 2014
To bolster its argument that renewable energy is critical to combating climate change, the World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) has commissioned a series of reports that investigates the state of renewable energy in the country, focusing on how it can be...
Aug 29, 2014
GAS DEMAND For gas to play a more prominent role in the energy mix of South Africa the size and distribution network of the gas market will need to increase
Although demand for natural gas was increasing in South Africa, it accounted for only 2% of the country’s energy supply, followed by oil, with 19%, and coal providing 67%, noted South African Oil & Gas Alliance (Saoga) executive chairperson Mthozami Xiphu at this...
Aug 29, 2014
SUZANNE DANIELS You do need to get to know your boss. You don’t have to be friends, but you need to know their pressure points and what drives them
Blurb: Suzanne Daniels, senior manager in the office of the group executive, technology and commercial at Eskom, talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about her attachment to her secretary and why it is okay to question the boss.
Aug 28, 2014
Australian uranium producer Paladin Energy on Thursday reported a 20% narrower net loss of $338.4-million, or $0.34 a share, for the financial year ended June 30, as sliding uranium prices impacted revenues. The Perth, Australia-based company reported a gross loss...
Aug 28, 2014
Westinghouse Electric Company said on Thursday it had filed an interdict in a South African court to reopen the bidding process for a contract awarded to French rival Areva to replace six steam generators at a nuclear power plant. But South Africa's power utility...
Aug 28, 2014
Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has filed a request to suspend the procurement of six replacement steam generators and associated work by Eskom to the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg. Through this proceeding,...
Aug 27, 2014
“Engineering firms need to offer master planning and integrated power supply solutions on the African continent, rather than focusing on one aspect of the energy supply chain,” said GIBB Chief Supervisor, Colin Logan. “Promoting one particular technology tends...
Aug 22, 2014
By Tom Harris While it is undeniable that the construction of additional baseload generation capacity is required to address the country’s energy security issues, one cannot help raising this question: Why is such a strong focus being repeatedly placed on nuclear...
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Aug 15, 2014
Each year in June, British Petroleum (BP) publishes its ‘Statistical review of world energy’, which draws on various public and official sources of data on production and consumption of fossil fuels, nuclear power, renewable electricity and liquid biofuels. While...
Aug 15, 2014
In July, a Nuclear Designers Forum was launched. This proposal was initially formulated by the company Resonant Nuclear, of Centurion.  The company discussed the idea with Nuclear Africa and, together, we have started the Nuclear Designers Forum. It is a Web-based...
Aug 15, 2014
South African gas and welding products company Afrox, part of the German Linde group, publicly unveiled its new R14-million high-purity hydrogen and oxygen plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, at the end of last month. The new plant uses latest-generation...
Aug 15, 2014
South Africa will join the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) in December. The WLCG processes and stores the immense amounts of data produced by the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is an instrument of...
Aug 14, 2014
South Africa produces almost all of its power from coal-fired plants that pollute the air with dark clouds of smoke and fail to generate enough electricity to avert blackouts. Now, if scientists are right, coal in the future could produce electricity without ever...
Aug 13, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom will make no apologies for its unpopular load shedding measures, saying on Wednesday that the long-term sustainability of the group and the security of the national power grid remained “at the heart of everything we do”.  Noting...
Aug 12, 2014
Although South Africa has significant biogas potential, investment in the sector was being deterred by a lack of incentive schemes to make establishing such projects more affordable, energy company Uhuru Energy managing and technical director David Sonnenberg...
Aug 11, 2014
Canadian Uranium producer Uranium One has reported a drop in uranium output to 2.7-million pounds for the second quarter, ended June 30, down from 3.6-million pounds in the comparable period last year. The Toronto-headquartered company, with a globally diversified...
Aug 11, 2014
Key players in the global nuclear energy sector are expected to converge in Paris in October for the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE), bringing together experts involved in the decision-making process of global nuclear projects and representatives from various...
Aug 08, 2014
Canadian uranium explorer U3O8 Corp this week reported positive preliminary assessment (PEA) results for its Laguna Salada project, in Argentina’s Chubut province. The TSX-listed explorer on Tuesday said uranium at Laguna Salada could be produced at an average...
Aug 08, 2014
In her Budget Vote speech, Energy Minister Tina Joematt-Pettersson confirmed that nuclear power is a central feature in our future energy mix. She also pointed out that South Africa had a track record in running a nuclear programme.
Aug 07, 2014
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday that the National Planning Commission (NPC) would be retained alongside moves to institutionalise long-term planning within government. Speaking at the formal release of the five-year Medium-Term Strategic...
Aug 06, 2014
In his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) in June, President Jacob Zuma fleetingly highlighted government’s support of a strategy to raise nuclear generation capacity in South Africa (quoting the potential for the addition of over 9 000 MW of nuclear capacity),...
Aug 05, 2014
President Jacob Zuma
South Africa is a profitable place to invest, President Jacob Zuma told a US Chamber of Commerce forum on Monday. "Our country is also a great location for growing your business in other parts of the African continent," he said at a US-South African Business and...
Aug 01, 2014
Eskom has offered a detailed timeline for the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, which is officially scheduled for December 15, 2014.
Jul 31, 2014
Canadian uranium producer Cameco on Thursday reported sharply higher net profit for the three months ended June, as a weaker Canadian dollar and improved sales offset lower output. The TSX- and NYSE-listed miner said net earnings attributable to equity holders rose...
Jul 31, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
South African gas and welding products company Afrox, part of the German Linde group, publicly unveiled its new R14-million high-purity hydrogen and oxygen plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, on Thursday. The new plant uses latest-generation electrolysis...
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
ASX- and TSX-listed uranium producer Paladin Energy on Monday reported strong full-year 2014 and fourth-quarter output, meeting its guidance. Paladin, which produces yellowcake from operations in Africa, reported combined output of 7.94-million pounds of uranium...
Jul 25, 2014
Eskom has reported that work is progressing well on Unit 6 of the Medupi power station, which is scheduled to be synchronised by the end of the year.
Jul 24, 2014
The country's financial institutions should assist government to cost and fund the intended nuclear build programme, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa suggested on Thursday. Addressing members of the parliamentary Press Gallery Association (PGA), Ramaphosa said...
Jul 24, 2014
Uranium miner Paladin Energy has finalised the sale of a minority interest in its Langer Heinrich operation, in Namibia, and is now using the money to refinance the project’s finance facility. Paladin has sold a 25% stake in the uranium project to a subsidiary of...
Jul 23, 2014
President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday announced the composition of the ‘Energy Security Cabinet SubCommittee’, which he said would oversee the development of South Africa’s future energy mix. Delivering his Budget Vote in the National Assembly, Zuma said the...
Jul 21, 2014
Aim-listed exploration and development company Uranium Resources on Monday announced that it would delay further drilling at its flagship Mtonya uranium project, in Tanzania, until uranium market fundamentals improved and the true potential of the project was...
Jul 21, 2014
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson placed significant emphasis on the development of gas, including shale gas, and nuclear in her inaugural Energy Budget Vote to lawmakers in Cape Town on Monday. In an address framed by President Jacob Zuma’s State of the...
Jul 18, 2014
PHILIP KILFOIL Many regulatory authorities dealing with radioactive materials are not experienced or resourced enough to carry out proper inspections
The importance of safely transporting and using radioactive sources, such as iridium 192 and selenium 75, used in non destructive testing (NDT) procedures, was highlighted during the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Technical Meeting on Radiation Safety...
Jul 16, 2014
While the long-term fundamentals for uranium remained sound, advisory firm Argonaut has warned that the post-Fukushima recovery could be slower than previously anticipated. Argonaut metals and mining research analyst Matthew Keane said on Wednesday that the...
Jul 16, 2014
Western Australian Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion on Wednesday called on the uranium industry to build on the state’s resources technology in order to benefit from the expected increase in demand for yellowcake. Speaking at the Australian Uranium...
Jul 11, 2014
South Africa will join the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) in December. The WLCG processes and stores the immense amounts of data produced by the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is an instrument of...
Jul 11, 2014
Gas will be a springboard for a low-carbon economy, as it will deter new investment in coal and complement renewable-energy resources, believes Johannesburg-based consulting firm MAC Consulting associate director Dave Collins.
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
AFRICAN HICCUP Despite the growth in structural steel use in other parts of Africa, local export tonnages have not increased
Industry body for the promotion of the steel construction industry the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is in discussions with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to increase local product content requirements for future industrial...
Jul 11, 2014
I was invited to attend the Atomexpo 2014 nuclear power exhibition and expo in Moscow. I was invited as a guest of State-owned nuclear company Rosatom. The event started on a Monday, but was preceded the day before by a yachting regatta at the Royal Moscow Yacht...
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