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Energy Council of South Africa joins World Energy Council
19th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Energy Council of South Africa has become a member of the United Nations-affiliated global body the World Energy Council (WEC), which will serve to strengthen the standing of the Energy Council... 

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Mozambique seeks to end 50-year hydropower pact with South Africa
2nd February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Mozambique plans to end half a century of hydropower supply to South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility, raising risks for the continent’s most industrialized economy and threatening the... 

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DMRE to remodel draft IRP 2023 in light of new information, curtailment plans
1st February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Many of the submissions the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has received from the first round of public engagements about the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) in... 

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NNR approves the separation of the operating timelines of Koeberg’s nuclear reactors
29th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has announced that it has approved the request of national electricity utility Eskom to separate the operational timelines for the two reactors of the Koeberg... 

Big divergence as African electricity demand flatlined over the past three decades and India and South East Asia's surged
Africa’s flatlining electricity trajectory requires urgent intervention – IEA
24th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report on electricity highlights that per person electricity demand across Africa has been stagnant for three decades, making the continent a worrying... 

Koeberg nuclear power station
Koeberg manager suspended by De Ruyter is back and is 'crucially needed', says Eskom
22nd January 2024 By: News24Wire

Velaphi Ntuli has returned as the general manager of Koeberg nuclear power station after he was suspended in June 2021 over performance issues - allegations of which he has since been cleared. At... 

Nuclear energy conference in Ghana in May to be hosted by that country’s President
18th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Africa Nuclear Business Platform (AFNBP) has announced that its 2024 conference, to be held in Accra, Ghana, from May 27 to May 30, will be attended by Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa... 

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Proposed new IRP met with some skepticism
12th January 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the background to the publication for public comment of the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP); the main changes in the IRP 2023, compared with... 

UK to invest hundreds of millions into the production of fuel for advanced reactors
8th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK government has announced that it is to invest £300-million in the creation of a commercial-scale production plant for high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel for nuclear reactors. It... 

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South Africa's new energy plan is 'shoddy' and will probably fail – analysts
6th January 2024 By: News24Wire

South Africa's new energy generation plan lacks detail and leaves many unanswered questions, according to some energy analysts. The long-awaited draft of the Integrated Energy Plan (IRP) of 2023... 

Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage
Outa questions Gazprombank, nuclear procurement announcements
13th December 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

This week’s announcements of government’s plan to pursue the procurement process for 2 500 MW of new nuclear capacity, along with Cabinet’s decision to endorse a R3.7-billion investment deal... 

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Refinery partnership, new nuclear procurement raises questions
13th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the controversial decision by Cabinet to approve a proposed partnership with a Russian company to support the restart of the mothballed... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
South Africa to release 2 500 MW nuclear RFP by March, despite electricity plan review
12th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government will publish a request for proposals (RFP) for 2 500 MW of new nuclear capacity by March 2024, following the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s)... 

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Koeberg Unit 2 to return in Sept, heightening risk of both units being out simultaneously
10th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom generation head Bheki Nxumalo has indicated that an extended outage at Koeberg Unit 2, which begins on December 11, is currently expected to continue until September 2024, increasing the... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has confirmed that the IRP update contains a revised decommissioning schedule for Eskom’s aged coal power stations.
IRP update approved by Cabinet includes new coal decommissioning schedule
10th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that Cabinet has approved the release of an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public comment and also confirms that the document contains... 

Dan Marokane
Eskom's new CEO confirmed
8th December 2023 By: News24Wire

Daniel Leseja Marokane has been appointed as chief executive officer of Eskom. On Friday afternoon, Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan said Marokane would join Eskom no later than 31... 

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South Africa set to pick Dan Marokane as new Eskom CEO
7th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Dan Marokane is expected to be appointed as the new CEO of South Africa’s state power utility Eskom Holdings after an almost year-long search for a candidate, according to people familiar with the... 

Concerns linger over Koeberg's life extension
Concerns linger over Koeberg's life extension
7th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the outlook for the Koeberg life-extension operation following significant delays and rising safety concerns. 

Global nuclear energy summit announced for early next year
4th December 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The intergovernmental International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo have... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
Both Koeberg units to be offline from July unless NNR approves Eskom’s licence decoupling request in Jan
4th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will decide in January whether to grant Eskom’s request for the Koeberg Unit 1 and Unit 2 licences to be separated to reflect a later commercial operation date... 

Necsa Group CEO Loyiso Tyabashe
South Africa has hosted major nuclear energy school for African countries
27th November 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The fourth International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) school for Africa was held in Cape Town, from November 13 to November 24, the South African Nuclear Energy... 

Wind turbines, solar panels and power pylons
Cabinet approves Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan
20th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

Cabinet has approved the Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JET-IP), Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni announced in a briefing in Pretoria on November 20. “The implementation... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
Public hearings for Koeberg life extension to start in February
15th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will hold public hearings into State-owned utility Eskom's application to extend the operational life of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station (KNPS) by 20 years,... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
Eskom says Koeberg Unit 1 being started as another resumption target is missed
15th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom reports that it has received permission from the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) to restart Koeberg Unit 1, but has once again missed a recently updated target date for grid synchronisation. 

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South Africa still weighing impact of charging Eskom interest
9th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is still assessing the effect of adding interest to a R254-billion debt relief package for state-owned Eskom Holdings as the company prepares to split into three, according to a... 

Mantashe seeks to extend life of coal-fired power stations
3rd November 2023

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has called on the private sector to “please and come talk to us” if they have any ideas on extending the life of South Africa’s fleet of... 

‘Nuclear renaissance’ being driven by new, safer and more efficient reactors
1st November 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

A panel of experts has found that new technology in the nuclear space is enabling a nuclear renaissance after two decades of low investment into new projects in this sector, especially as energy... 

Eskom's Megawatt Park
Municipalities owing Eskom R56.8bn apply to participate in debt write-off scheme
1st November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Treasury has confirmed that a total of 67 municipalities, which collectively owe Eskom R56.8-billion, or 97% of the municipal arrears debt of over R58-billion owed to the utility at... 

Solar panels, wind turbines and transmission lines
South Africa's energy transition gathers pace
27th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Speakers across a range of disciplines and domains have said that South Africa's electricity market is transitioning to a more pluralistic market that will also include a much larger range of... 

Koeberg Power Station
Koeberg: New delay as reactor is prepared for startup
20th October 2023 By: News24Wire

The return of Koeberg's Unit 1 to commercial service has been delayed by a further 10 days as some critical tests are still to be completed before the reactor is started. The last date that Eskom... 

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Africa needs an energy transition that reflects its reality – Congo, South Sudan Ministers
20th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Africa is largely transitioning "from nothing”, says South Sudan Petroleum Minister Puot Kang Chol. Speaking on Africa’s agenda for the forthcoming COP28 at the African Energy Week held in Cape... 

DMRE director-general Jacob Mbele
Energy crisis being addressed, but implementation is slow, admits DMRE DG
18th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

One of the biggest positive developments over the last 12 months has been the “convergence of ideas on what we need to do to resolve the energy crisis”, says Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Global and African nuclear bodies formalise their cooperation
13th October 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The World Nuclear Association (WNA) and the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), covering civil nuclear energy applications, to support the... 

Fossil fuel-generated and renewable energy infrastructure
Energy transition implications highlighted at SA Auto Week
12th October 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid local energy constraints and a global focus on increasing renewable energy capacity, the importance of ensuring that proper planning is implemented as South Africa transitions to cleaner... 

Nuclear initiative to help decarbonise global energy highlighted at international conference
11th October 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) second Climate Change Conference, in Vienna, Austria, was, on Wednesday, the platform on which the Net Zero Nuclear initiative updated delegates on... 

Mpho Makwana will step down as Eskom chairperson at the end of October
MTN's Nyati to succeed Makwana as Eskom chair
9th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

Mpho Makwana will step down as chairman of South Africa’s beleaguered power utility at Eskom Holdings’ annual general meeting at the end of the month. He will be replaced by former MTN Group Ltd.... 

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