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Nuclear News

Peaceful use of nuclear tech underscores its value to Africa’s developmental needs

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 1 hour 5 minutes ago The development and peaceful use of nuclear technology could further underscore its value by helping to meet Africa’s developmental needs, says African Commission on Nuclear Energy (Afcone) executive secretary Messaoud Baaliouamer. He says the safe and peaceful use of nuclear technology has... 

SAFCEI encourages govt to reconsider its nuclear ambitions

By: Donna Slater     Updated 1 hour 29 minutes ago According to the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI), the South African government should rather shift its renewed interest in building new nuclear power generation capacity to ethical, equitable and sustainable energy plans. As “South Africa faces another push for... 

Kenya on course for $5bn nuclear plant to power industry

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2020 Kenya’s nuclear agency submitted impact studies for a $5-billion power plant, and said it’s on course to build and start operating the facility in about seven years. The government plans to expand its nuclear-power capacity fourfold by 2035, the Nuclear Power and Energy Agency said in a report on... 

British govt announces funding to develop advanced modular nuclear reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 2020 The British government announced on July 10 that it was awarding funding of £40-million for the development of advanced modular nuclear reactors (AMRs) and associated technologies. This was part of the UK’s programme to develop new and low-carbon industries and energy sources, thereby creating... 

UK announces funding for development of advanced modular nuclear reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2020 The British government announced on Friday that it was awarding funding of £40-million for the development of advanced modular nuclear reactors (AMRs) and associated technologies. This was part of the UK’s programme to develop new and low-carbon industries and energy sources, thereby creating... 

Shift from high- to low-carbon must be systematic and just – Mantashe  

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2020 South Africa’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy Transitions Summit on July 9 to stress that South Africa’s shift from a high-carbon to a low-carbon path needed to be both systematic and just.... 

Shift from high- to low-carbon must be systematic and just – Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2020 United Nations secretary-general António Guterres appealed to governments on Thursday to place the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy at the “core” of their Covid-19 economic recovery spending. Guterres also used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy... 

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres
United Nations secretary-general António Guterres

Academy attains artisan training certification

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd July 2020 The Lesedi Skills Academy received its Trade Test Centre certification from the National Artisan Moderation Body, which enables the academy to perform trade testing of mechanical artisans. 

Academy attains artisan training certification
NICKY VAN DER POEL Skills development and practical experience are critical requirements that enable youth to enter the formal job market

Necsa welcomes Vilakazi's appointment as Wits vice-chancellor

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2020 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation has welcomed the appointment of Professor Zeblon Vilakazi as the next vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand from January 1, 2021. Vilakazi is currently the deputy vice-chancellor of research and post-graduate affairs at Wits. He will... 

Russian nuclear group proposing small modular reactors for Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th June 2020 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom is highlighting the potential benefits to African countries provided by small modular reactors (SMRs). The group has accumulated 400 reactor-years of experience in operating small reactors, including those onboard Russian nuclear-powered icebreakers,... 

Russian nuclear group proposing small modular reactors for Africa
Photo by Rosatom
The Akademik Lomonosov floating NPP, moored at Pevek in the far north of Russia’s Far East

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a ‘Sustainable Recovery Plan’ on June 18 that outlines the case for a $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan over the coming three years to help repair the economic and employment damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Produced in... 

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan

Necsa welcomes issuing of nuclear request for information

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th June 2020 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has welcomed the issuing of a Request for Information (RFI) by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) regarding the possible construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in the country. This RfI was issued on June 14. Necsa... 

Mantashe justifies controversial nuclear RFI on basis of ‘long lead-time’ involved

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has justified the issuance of a controversial request for information (RFI) relating to a possible 2 500 MW new nuclear build programme on the basis of the long lead-time involved for the building of such power stations. In a Tweet following... 

Mantashe justifies controversial nuclear RFI on basis of ‘long lead-time’ involved
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Environmentalists call for end to new nuclear build ambitions

By: Donna Slater     11th June 2020 In a urgent letter to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, environmental justice organisations Earthlife Africa-Johannesburg (Earthlife) and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) caution Mantashe and the DMRE that no new nuclear programme can go... 

Parliamentary Committee reviewing nuclear cooperation agreement with Europe

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th June 2020 The Department of Minerals Resources and Energy (DMRE) has briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy about the agreement on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy that the country has with the European Atomic Energy Community (better known as Euratom, which is an... 

Rolls-Royce to help develop nuclear fusion energy in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th June 2020 UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has been awarded a four-year full-service engineering design framework contract by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). The contract means that Rolls-Royce will help deliver multi-disciplinary projects for the UKAEA. The company will provide... 

Nuclear corporation briefs Parliamentarians on its 12-month, 5- and 10-year objectives

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th May 2020 In a briefing to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy on May 20, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) stated that it would achieve a turnover of more than R2-billion during the 2021 financial year (FY), but nevertheless expected a net loss of... 

Small modular nuclear reactors would be beneficial for South Africa, says industry body

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2020 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has highlighted the advantages that small modular reactors (SMRs) offer to, and the potential they provide for, the country. SMRs are nuclear reactors with a capacity of less than 300 MW, and, as electricity demand increases, the number of... 

Niasa highlights funding options for new nuclear power 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th May 2020 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has highlighted a range of options for the financing of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in South Africa. This followed the recent announcement to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy by Mineral Resources and... 

South African young nuclear professionals support proposed new nuclear plants

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2020 The South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS) has welcomed the plans put forward by Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on May 7 regarding the country’s nuclear sector. These were proposals to build new nuclear power plants (NPPs), to extend the life of the... 

Radiation Protection Association supports plan for new nuclear power in South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2020 The Southern Africa Radiation Protection Association (Sarpa) has expressed its full support for the South African government’s plan to soon start a process to develop 2 500 MW of new nuclear power. This plan was stated by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe during a briefing of... 

Industry association supports government proposals for nuclear power

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2020 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) on May 8 welcomed the presentation by Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, and officials of his department, to Parliament on May 7. This included a commitment to develop a roadmap for a programme to build new nuclear power... 

Environmental studies, discourse vital to decommissioning

By: Cameron Mackay     8th May 2020 With the decommissioning of South Africa’s two nuclear facilities officially planned for this decade, consulting engineers WSP hydrology senior associate Karen King states that, with all the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) to be conducted, interested and affected party (IAP) engagement... 

Environmental studies, discourse vital to decommissioning
KAREN KING As with all EIAs undertaken locally, interested and affected party engagement will be essential. WSP is well-placed to undertake all of these studies

DMRE to test market appetite for 2 500 MW of small nuclear reactors  

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) told lawmakers on May 7 that the development of a roadmap for a 2 500 MW nuclear new build programme would commence soon and that the market would be tested for “robust funding options”. A request for information would be issued to assess... 

DMRE to test market appetite for 2 500 MW of small nuclear reactors
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Renewables to be only energy growth source in 2020 as markets experience ‘biggest shock since Second World War’

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2020 Renewables will be the only energy source to experience growth in 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns trigger a plunge in demand for all other energy sources amid what the International Energy Agency (IEA) is describing as the “biggest energy market shock since the Second World War”. A new IEA report,... 

Renewables to be only energy growth source in 2020 as markets experience ‘biggest shock since Second World War’
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

2019 set a record for renewable electricity generation in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 In a report issued on April 9, the British Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reported that, based on provisional figures, last year had been a record year for the production of electricity using renewable technologies in the UK. Renewable electricity generation last... 

Global nuclear industry contributing to fight against Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th April 2020 The global nuclear industry’s already established robust safety culture is helping related organisations to act fast and modify their processes during the Covid-19 pandemic, says data and analytics company GlobalData. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is providing support to 14... 

New chair of financially beleaguered Necsa outlines priorities

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd April 2020 The financially-beleaguered South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), which falls under the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), had a new board appointed in late January, to oversee and turnaround the agency. The chairperson of this new board, which has a term of three... 

New chair of financially beleaguered Necsa outlines priorities

Eskom to temporarily shut Koeberg Unit 2

By: Donna Slater     2nd April 2020 From midnight on April 3, power utility Eskom will take Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, offline. The unit is scheduled to return to service by April 30, if not required before then. From midnight on April 3, power utility Eskom will take Unit 2 of the Koeberg... 

Eskom to temporarily shut Koeberg Unit 2

Rosatom complies with South African, other countries' safety measures 

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2020 The South Africa-based Central and Southern Africa Office of Russian State-owned nuclear energy group Rosatom has assured that it is both complying with the 21-day lockdown now in force in South Africa (to counter the Covid-19 pandemic) and continuing to support its customers. In a statement... 

Risk of load-shedding will be low during lockdown - Mantashe  

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2020 Security of energy supply remains critical during the Covid-19 lockdown period, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reiterated on March 25. The supply of fuel to critical and essential services, as well as the supply of coal to Eskom for electricity supply and liquid fuels... 

Risk of load-shedding will be low during lockdown - Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe r

Privatisation slowly becoming reality

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 The type of participants attending this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa & The Solar Show are proof that Africa seeks to become less reliant on governments for its electricity supply, says event organiser Terrapinn Power & Electricity World Africa conference producer Caroline Mubima.... 

Privatisation slowly becoming reality
DRIVEN DISCUSSION The growing adoption of electric vehicles is one trend expected to dominate discussion at Power & Electricity World Africa 2020

Youth nuclear organisation appoints South African as executive secretary

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th March 2020 Global nonprofit industry organisation, the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC)  has appointed Emmanuel Montwedi as its new executive secretary. Montwedi is a senior nuclear engineer and is currently serving as the deputy chairperson of the South African Young Nuclear Professionals... 

Eskom moves to Stage 4 load-shedding after Koeberg unit trips

By: African News Agency      10th March 2020 South African power utility, Eskom, on Tuesday announced Stage 4 load-shedding from 14:00 after Koeberg Power Station's unit 1 tripped. "The unit has been disconnected from the grid due to a fault on the turbine side, however, the nuclear reactor remains safe. The teams are investigating the root... 

Lesedi keen to retain nuclear skills built up over years in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     5th March 2020 South African engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company Lesedi is keen to use its nuclear expertise and skills in South Africa and other African countries and is also looking to expand its focus to Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Lesedi has diversified its business and is active... 

Lesedi keen to retain nuclear skills built up over years in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media
Koeberg power station

Solar PV brings hope for eSwatini

By: Kim Cloete     4th March 2020 The Kingdom of eSwatini, previously called Swaziland, is confident it is on the right track by developing its renewable energy sector to help reduce its reliance on its neighbours for power. eSwatini Energy Minister Peter Bhembe on Tuesday said his country had developed a comprehensive, long-term... 

Solar PV brings hope for eSwatini

Does nuclear have a future in South Africa?

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th February 2020 Will South Africa ever build a new nuclear power plant (NPP)? Well, and I hope the revelation doesn’t ruin the dramatic flow of my narrative, I haven’t a clue. I don’t think anyone does. There is a lot of opposition to any such idea. Or, rather, there is a lot of opposition to the idea among... 

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