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Topic - Nuclear
May 22, 2015
More than half of the 8 000 workers who embarked on a wildcat strike in April at Eskom's Medupi plant are back at work.
May 21, 2015
May 19, 2015
South Africa would commence a procurement process in the second quarter of the current financial year to select a “strategic partner or partners” to build 9 600 MW of new nuclear capacity, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced on Tuesday. Government’s...
May 18, 2015
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) announced on Sunday that it was to introduce regulations for the operation of civilian remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS, previously known as unmanned air vehicles, or UAVs, and popularly called drones)....
May 15, 2015
The South African Industry of Non-destructive Testing has endorsed next week’s SA Industry and Technology Fair  and will be using the international show to highlight the importance of non-destructive testing and its crucial role in a safer society. INDUTEC takes...
May 15, 2015
CHRIS WHELAN There is a strong push in the Western Cape to pursue gas turbines to supplement national baseload power generation
The use of gas turbines should, ideally, be conceptualised and the related infrastructure constructed as soon as possible in the Western Cape to overcome current electricity undercapacity issues and grow future demand, says business leadership organisation Accelerate...
May 15, 2015
ACCELERATED IMPLEMENTATION Generation implementation can be reduced through strategic anticipation of the correct corridors to unlock generation access capacities for the grid
The key to successful grid expansion and transformation is State-owned power utility Eskom’s ability to rapidly respond to the new generation footprint. Therefore, the power utility should be able to expand the transmission grid as soon as new generation access is...
May 15, 2015
ON TRACK The scope of work of the South African SGR consortium at the Koeberg nuclear power station include removal and off-loading of the old steam generators
Technical resources provider, Lesedi Nuclear Services, remains on track to complete its portion of the steam generator replacement (SGR) project in 2018 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape. Lesedi Nuclear Services,...
May 14, 2015
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May 12, 2015
May 08, 2015
May 08, 2015
Having completed the preprocurement phase of South Africa’s nuclear build programme, government has now entered into the next stage of the procurement phase, says Department of Energy (DoE) Nuclear Energy deputy director-general Zizamele Mbambo.
May 08, 2015
POSSIBILITY If India can learn to master the molten salt reactor technology as well, it could become the most efficient thorium reactor in India’s portfolio
In the newly published Thorium Energy Report ( India reported that it has initiated studies on a conceptual design of the Indian Molten Salt Breeder Reactor (IMBSR)
May 08, 2015
JAN RIJN ZEEVAART The microPET/CT scanner would help boost the development of new pharmaceuticals and radiopharmaceuticals in South Africa
The Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) launched the first clinical micro positron emission tomography/computerised tomography (microPET/CT) scanner in Africa last month at its facility in the North West.
May 08, 2015
Despite attempts by nuclear power lobbyists to assuage global concerns about nuclear waste, University of South Africa (Unisa) college of law lecturer and power plant mechanical engineer Dr Khaled Qasaymeh tells Engineering News that the issue of nuclear waste is the...
May 08, 2015
South African President Jacob Zuma’s affirmation of the country’s sourcing 9 600 MW of new-generation capacity by 2030 from nuclear did not involve any input from National Treasury.
May 08, 2015
ROBIN GRIMES Britain is undergoing a nuclear renaissance
Britain is undergoing a ‘nuclear renaissance’ and there was a new dynamism in the country’s nuclear industry, said British governmental foreign organisation the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office chief scientific adviser Professor Robin Grimes during his address at...
May 04, 2015
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
South Africa hopes to restore energy ties with Iran, its energy minister said on Sunday, according to Iran's Shana news agency, three years after international sanctions halted oil trade between the two countries. "South Africa is aiming for a framework of...
May 01, 2015
Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has confirmed that it is in talks with Nigeria about the construction of nuclear power plants (NPPs) in that country, but has denied that any agreement has been signed. This follows a recent report in the Nigerian media that...
May 01, 2015
As the fourth anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant has just passed, we can look at radiation and health factors in the light of four years of intensive monitoring and examination of everything that anyone could think of. There are still no...
May 01, 2015
DUST EXTRACTION EPF Systems’ approach is to design a specific solution for each customer using a testing station
Researched and tested dust-extraction, filtration, ventilation and waste-transfer techniques that enable companies to effectively combat the pollution caused by operating processes are now available to South African companies, owing to a partnership between local...
Apr 30, 2015
A decision expected later this year on a tender for the provision of a series of nuclear power stations in South Africa could provide a long-term solution to the country’s power shortfall, but will come at a cost, with estimates putting the price tag for the project...
Apr 30, 2015
State-owned power utility Eskom has gained a seat on the board of directors of an international research organisation, giving the utility direct access to energy research and the opportunity to influence the strategic direction and work programme of the electric...
Apr 30, 2015
The term ‘strategic minerals’ is one that is much used but one that, in the words of Brazilian minerals lawyer Raquel Quaresma de Lima, “does not have a steady definition”, while the Science and Technology Committee of the UK House of Commons has observed that there...
Apr 29, 2015
Canadian uranium producer Cameco has posted lower-than-expected headline earnings for the three months ended March 31, despite reporting higher earnings from its fuel services and Germany-based NUKEM segments on higher sales volumes, which were partially offset by...
Apr 29, 2015
Viktor Polikarpov
Nuclear energy provider Rosatom this week called for the integration of nuclear power into African economies as a key driver of socioeconomic development. The company believed that Africa was “more than ready” to develop nuclear technologies.
Apr 28, 2015
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have partnered to launch the ‘AstroCompute in the Cloud’ grant programme to attract innovative tools and techniques to process, store and analyse the global astronomy community’s vast amounts...
Apr 28, 2015
The Coega Development Corporation’s winning streak continues as it scooped the Top Empowered: Public Service Award at the 14th Annual Oliver Empowerment Awards at Emperors’ Palace in Johannesburg on 23 April 2015. “The organisation is thrilled to have been awarded an...
Apr 24, 2015
Canadian uranium explorer U3O8 Corp has signed an exploration agreement with the provincial petroleum and mining company of Chubut province, in Argentina, which will allow it to explore properties located next to its Laguna Salada uranium deposit. Should it succeed...
Apr 23, 2015
Jan Rijn Zeevaart
The Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) launched the first clinical micro positron emission tomography/computerised tomography (microPET/CT) scanner in Africa on Thursday at its facility in the North West. Speaking to Engineering News Online Necsa...
Apr 22, 2015
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has signed two additional nuclear cooperation agreements with Chinese entities as part of preparations for South Africa's nuclear new build programme. At a gathering to welcome 50 South African trainees to the...
Apr 22, 2015
On the heels of Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s recent announcement of the preferred bidders under the fourth bidding round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), renewable-energy specialists, energy policymakers...
Apr 20, 2015
In a bid to develop specialised nuclear skills ahead of the roll-out of its nuclear new build programme, government has announced that it will, this month, send 50 trainees from the South African nuclear industry to China to take part in a four-month nuclear power...
Apr 17, 2015
Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has confirmed that it is in talks with Nigeria about the construction of nuclear power plants (NPPs) in that country, but has denied that any agreement has been signed. This follows a recent report in the Nigerian media that...
Apr 17, 2015
EXPANDING USE OF SOLAR Regulations in Dubai are aimed at encouraging people to install solar energy
The regulations to govern solar power connection in Dubai homes and businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are in the final stages of development.
Apr 17, 2015
Public opinion is an essential element in any nuclear programme. This was highlighted last month by World Nuclear Association chairperson Jean-Jacques Gautrot. "Public acceptance is essential to develop the environment in which nuclear development can take place," he...
Apr 17, 2015
Russian nuclear group Rosatom is confident that South African industry can meet the challenges of localising significant proportions of proposed future nuclear power plants (NPPs). “South Africa is ready for localisation,” affirms Rosatom International Business...
Apr 15, 2015
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper shake hands in Ottawa.
Canada on Wednesday unveiled a C$350-million deal to supply more than seven-million pounds of uranium concentrate to India, signalling a new era for the two countries’ bilateral relations. Canadian uranium producer Cameco announced that it had inked a supply...
Apr 15, 2015
Infrastructure spend by Africa’s largest oil producing countries, Nigeria and Angola, will be hard-hit by the retreating global oil price, which has more than halved since June last year and is currently at $58/bl, it emerged on Tuesday. “Angola and Nigeria are not...
Apr 13, 2015
South Australia’s Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Tom Koutsantonis, told a conference on Monday that the state government was hoping to encourage further investment in the resources sector, more specifically into copper, despite the drop in commodity...
Apr 10, 2015
China has successfully localised foreign nuclear technology and has used this as the base from which to develop its own nuclear power plant (NPP) design. So reported by State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) Assistant VP He Weipeng recently.
Apr 10, 2015
Construction has been halted again at Eskom’s Medupi power plant.
Apr 10, 2015
KELVIN KEMM South Africa has well-established nuclear expertise and could ensure national energy security
South Africa has the technological capability to produce nuclear energy, but it needs a chain of command to build nuclear reactors and higher technological understanding by mathematicians and scientists.
Apr 10, 2015
Actually, not all people in this great nation of ours are stupid or, perhaps, even slightly stupid but in one area they seem to be (from my arrogant viewpoint), and that area is knowledge of electricity. But let me not moan or groan about this – rather, let me assist...
Apr 09, 2015
Just over one year ago, one of the darlings of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference 2014 was Fission Uranium, with its president and COO Ross McElroy also awarded the Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian discovery or prospecting success. The...
Apr 03, 2015
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is committed to helping all African countries seeking to adopt nuclear energy. This assurance was recently given by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. "Nuclear power has obvious advantages for countries in Africa," he...
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