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Nuclear News

Developing countries have opportunity to call for greater access to nuclear energy, technology

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 States that do not have nuclear weapons, which include most developing countries, have an opportunity to demand greater access to nuclear sciences and technologies for peaceful purposes, including for energy, industry and medicine, at the tenth review conference of the Treaty on the... 

Emissions reduction tech at Kusile contributes to move to Stage 4 load-shedding 

By: Darren Parker     16th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom was forced to implement Stage 4 load-shedding on the evening of May 16 after Unit 2 at the Kusile power station tripped, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said. The tripped Kusile unit removed 720 MW of generating capacity from the already constrained grid. 

Kusile
Kusile

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Necsa starts process to replace venerable Safari-1 reactor

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th May 2022 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has, with the approval of Cabinet, started the process that should result in it acquiring a new nuclear research reactor, to replace its current Safari-1 research reactor. The new reactor, dubbed the multipurpose reactor (MPR), would, like... 

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South Korea to again boost nuclear power

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2022 New Republic of (South) Korea President Yoon Suk-yeol (inaugurated on Tuesday) is committed to his policy of strengthening the country’s nuclear power sector, reversing his predecessor’s policy (adopted in 2017) of phasing nuclear power out. Investing in nuclear energy formed part of the platform... 

How to speed up the rollout of small nuclear power plants

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2022 Building big, conventional nuclear power plants is slow and expensive. That’s one reason the industry is staking its future on a new generation of smaller advanced reactors. Still in development, these offer the promise of carbon-free energy and could back up the ebbs and flows of renewable power... 

Uganda acquires land for East Africa’s first nuclear power plant

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2022 Uganda said it acquired land for the construction of East Africa’s first nuclear power plant as the continent’s top exporter of coffee beans attempts to expand its electricity generation capacity multi-fold. The Minister of State for Energy Okasai Sidronius Opolot made the announcement in a... 

Global nuclear body launches commercial hydrogen production roadmap initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th May 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that it is to develop a roadmap for the commercial scale production of hydrogen using nuclear power. This was because hydrogen was forecast to play a central role in future clean energy systems, especially in the ‘hard to abate’ sectors... 

Rolls-Royce optimistic that its SMR design will be approved quickly

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2022 Rolls-Royce SMR, the UK-based global power and propulsion system manufacturing group Rolls-Royce’s small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) subsidiary, hopes that it will receive UK regulatory approval for its design in about two years, and be generating power before the end of this decade. So... 

Connection delays increasing demand for standby power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 As South Africa’s energy needs rebound on the back of improved economic activity, it is evident that standby power will be needed for the foreseeable future, as the connection of enough embedded generation and renewable-energy projects to the national grid is taking place too slowly. The grid can... 

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The grid cannot cope with additional power supply and, thus, with the last bidding round issued by the Independent Power Producers Office, certain projects were not allowed to proceed
JANINE ESPIN The grid cannot cope with additional power supply and, thus, with the last bidding round issued by the Independent Power Producers Office, certain projects were not allowed to proceed

Becker files for High Court to declare his dismissal unlawful, invalid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2022 Koeberg Alert Alliance (KAA) activist Peter Becker has filed an application in the Cape Town High Court to declare Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s decision to dismiss the applicant from his office as director of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) unlawful and invalid.... 

Koeberg nuclear power station, in Cape Town
Koeberg nuclear power station, in Cape Town

UK goes big on nuclear and offshore wind for its future and secure low-carbon energy

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th April 2022 The UK officially confirmed on Thursday that, to ensure the country’s energy security and independence, while also moving more rapidly to achieving net-zero carbon emissions energy, it was going to particularly prioritise the development of new nuclear and offshore wind generation capacity.... 

India continues with major nuclear energy development programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2022 India currently had ten nuclear reactors under construction and had authorised the construction of another ten. The country had also imported 7 546 t of natural uranium ore concentrate and 56.78 t of enriched uranium fuel pellets over the past three years, complementing the country's own uranium... 

IAEA’s review shows Koeberg made improvements, closed gaps from prior missions

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2022 Global civil nuclear body the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA)’s peer review mission of the Safety Aspects of the Long-Term Operation (SALTO) at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station indicated that Koeberg has made significant improvements and have closed gaps identified during the... 

UK signals major new nuclear energy programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th April 2022 In an interview with the London Daily Telegraph newspaper, UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary (Cabinet Minister) Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed that the country would launch a major new nuclear energy thrust in the near future. Although the details would only be revealed with the... 

IAEA mission concludes review of operational safety of Koeberg nuclear plant life extension

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Thursday that an international team of experts it had sent to South Africa had completed its long term operation (LTO) safety review of the Koeberg nuclear power plant (NPP), near Cape Town. Koeberg is owned and operated by national... 

Russian troops pulling out of Chernobyl, after handing authority back to Ukrainian staff

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Thursday that Russian troops had formally, and in writing, transferred control of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) back to the Ukrainian personnel who run the facility. This information had been conveyed to the IAEA by Ukraine.... 

Civil society organisations express concerns following resignation of nuclear regulator’s CEO

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2022 The recent resignation of National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka has stimulated reaction from a number of South African civil society organisations. Dr Tyobeka’s resignation was announced by the NNR Board on March 18. The reason given for his resignation was, in the... 

Investment group suggests nuclear could form part of country’s future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th March 2022 South African specialist investment company Futuregrowth Asset Management has expressed the view that nuclear power “should not be dismissed outright” as a long-term contributor to the country’s electricity generation system. Futuregrowth currently manages assets worth some R193-billion, or about... 

UK government talks with industry about accelerating nuclear energy projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th March 2022 Earlier this week UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reaffirmed that nuclear energy would form a major element in Britain’s future energy system, because it was clean, reliable and safe. He did so at a roundtable with nuclear sector companies, which he hosted at his official office and residence, 10... 

Half of Chernobyl nuclear facility staff relieved after some 600 hours at their workplaces

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd March 2022 It has been confirmed that half of the duty staff at the Chornobyl (better known by the Russian version of its name, Chernobyl) nuclear site in Ukraine were successfully rotated off-duty on Sunday. The Chornobyl site is currently occupied by invading Russian forces. Chornobyl was seized by the... 

Human error at Koeberg nearly led to 'devastating consequences'   

By: News24Wire      17th March 2022 Eskom nearly lost 920 MW of power to the grid when an individual at nuclear power station Koeberg cut the wrong valve. The incident was reported in Eskom's newsletter to employees, Shutdown Times, on Tuesday. While carrying out required maintenance on Unit 2, someone cut the valve of Unit 1,... 

Koeberg Nuclear Power Station

South Africa needs nuclear energy for net-zero energy, says Deputy Minister 

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Deputy Minister Dr Nobuhle Nkabane has reaffirmed the government’s policy of building 2 500 MW of new nuclear energy capacity in the country, with the process starting in 2024. She was delivering the keynote address at the 2022 Nuclear Technology Imbizo (conference)... 

IAEA concerned about the situation at Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that the remote safeguards monitoring systems at the ruined Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) had ceased transmitting data. Chornobyl, better known by its Russian name Chernobyl, was the location of the world’s worst nuclear accident,... 

Eskom defers steam generator replacement at Koeberg Unit 2 to Aug 2023 

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2022 Eskom has announced the deferral of a project to replace three steam generators at Koeberg Unit 2 to August 2023 following a review, conducted together with Framatome, which indicated that the replacements were unlikely to be completed within the six-month timeframe allocated for the project. COO... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
The Koeberg nuclear power station

Nuclear corporation extends deadline for research reactor RFI responses

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th February 2022 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Sunday that it was extending the deadline for responses to its Request for Information (RFI) regarding its Multi-Purpose Reactor (MPR) project, by 30 days, to this coming April 8, at 16:00 South African time. The extension is due... 

Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission for coal-to-gas switch at some old stations  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects Eskom to make an application soon for a Section 34 determination to facilitate gas-to-power generation at some of the coal power stations that the utility aims to repower and repurpose as part of its unfolding just energy... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

EPC company a gold partner at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi is participating at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) as a gold partner, says Lesedi business development executive Shane Pereira. This will be the company’s eighth year of participation. 

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SHANE PEREIRA As a gold partner at the AEI, Lesedi aims to provide critical insights to attendees

Local nuclear technology conference to be held next month

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th February 2022 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has confirmed that it will co-host a nuclear conference next month. Called the Nuclear Technology Imbizo 2022, the conference’s other co-hosts will be the South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society, Women in Nuclear South Africa, and... 

World atomic body reviewing plan to discharge treated Fukushima water into the sea  

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2022 A task force of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other international experts visited Japan last week to gather information and collect water samples, in order to be able to draw up an independent review of Japan’s plan to discharge into the sea treated water from the Fukushima... 

First Generation III+ nuclear reactors being built in US suffering further delays

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2022 US electricity utility Georgia Power has announced a further delay and a significant cost increase in its Vogtle nuclear power plant (NPP) expansion project. Vogtle (full name: Alvin W Vogtle Electric Generating site) is located at the town of Waynesboro, in the US State of Georgia. It has two... 

Civil nuclear cooperation discussed in Brazil-Russia Presidential Summit

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th February 2022 At their summit meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, one of the areas of discussion between the Presidents of Brazil and Russia, Jair Bolsonaro and Vladimir Putin respectively, was cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy and technology. The one-on-one meeting between the two men reportedly... 

UK seeking feedback on small high temperature nuclear reactor programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th February 2022 The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking feedback from the nuclear industry and other stakeholders on its proposed timescale and structure for a High Temperature Gas Reactor (HTGR) demonstration programme. BEIS had announced in December that... 

Swedish agency provides funding to help develop technologies for a small nuclear reactor

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th February 2022 The Swedish Energy Agency, which falls under the Sweden’s Ministry of Infrastructure, has awarded funding of $10.6-million to support the construction of a demonstrator small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) in the country. The funding has been granted to Swedish Modular Reactors AB, which is a... 

Mantashe confirms some RMIPPPP projects won’t close, outlines six-monthly renewables procurement tempo  

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe confirmed on Tuesday that not all of the 11 Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) preferred bidders would be in a position to conclude power purchase agreements at the end of March, the deadline for the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

DMRE moves to appoint service provider to design nuclear procurement framework 

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2022 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is seeking to appoint a service provider to develop a framework for the procurement of 2 500 MW of new nuclear capacity. The department has published a terms of reference document for such a service provider and a compulsory... 

Minister Gwede Mantashe argues there is scope to update the IRP to accelerate nuclear
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Minister Gwede Mantashe argues there is scope to update the IRP to accelerate nuclear

DMRE supports Necsa RFI for new research reactor

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2022 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has issued a statement supporting the release of a Request for Information (RFI) by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) for a new multipurpose nuclear research reactor (MPR). The Department noted that the project,... 

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