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Nuclear Energy

Nuclear project development needs to reach feasibility

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th August 2012 There is much work to do in terms of project development, to get State-owned power utility Eskom’s nuclear build programme to a feasibility stage, says professional services firm KPMG South Africa director of global infrastructure Mohsin Seedat. 

Stigma attached to nuclear industry must be removed

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th August 2012 South Africa’s nuclear industry should engage more with the public in creating awareness of the benefits of the nuclear industry, says South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society chairperson Fionah Khathi. 

Nuclear programme aims to create thinkers, problem solvers

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th August 2012 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Physics has already taken steps to make it possible for students to enter a career in the South African nuclear new build programme, envisaged by government through the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), by means of a BSc Nuclear Sciences and... 

Nuclear research paralysis in SA despite nuclear build programme

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2011 The announcement of the closure of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project has affected the prominence given to high-temperature nuclear research in South Africa, leading to the shunning of such research, despite interest and funding from international countries and organisations seeking to... 

Corporation launches microfocus X-ray machine

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2011 A new microfocus X-ray radiography and tomography machine, for use by South African scientists and researchers, has been launched by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) at its Pelindaba complex, near Hartebeespoort, in the North West. 

Concerns about a nuclear-powered South Africa 

By: Tracy Hancock     8th October 2010 While Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has said that a fleet of six nuclear power stations is on the cards for South Africa, local umbrella group Coalition Against Nuclear Energy (Cane) believes that there are many unanswered questions pertaining to the use of nuclear energy as an answer to South... 

IRP to determine SA’s need for nuclear

By: Tracy Hancock     8th October 2010 Before South Africa sees the construction of another nuclear power station, there are many milestones that must be achieved, State-owned power utility Eskom tells Engineering News. “The decision on whether South Africa will build more nuclear power stations will be informed by the Integrated... 

Nuclear needed to supply SA’s baseload electricity – Necsa

By: Tracy Hancock     8th October 2010 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) believes that, as South Africa requires an increasing base-load electricity supply, nuclear is the best option in terms of electricity generation technology.  

Ensuring nuclear best practice for a safe South Africa

By: sue charlton     8th October 2010 Nuclear power is often in the headlines as a potential source of energy for South Africa. The debate on the safety of nuclear installations and how it affects the environment and the impact upon those living nearby is one that constantly makes the front pages in the media.  

SA’s nuclear pullback impacts current skills pool

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th August 2010 The restructuring of the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) project, which started with the withdrawal of government support in February, has impacted on the broader academic community. 

Growth in nuclear drives demand for valves

20th August 2010 Demand from new and existing nuclear power stations is set to drive the feed water heater market, reveals industry analysis specialist Global Data in its ‘Global nuclear main steam and feed water isolation valves market analysis and forecasts to 2020,’ research report.


Developing the country’s youth

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th August 2010 After the 2010 International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) in July, which celebrated its tenth anniversary and was hosted in South Africa for the first time, the country’s Department of Energy (DOE) and the IYNC aim to continue to develop youth in the nuclear industry, as well as promote the... 

First commercial-sized shipment of medical 
isotopes to the US

20th August 2010 NTP Radioisotopes, a subsidiary of State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has successfully delivered the first official commercial-sized shipment of low-enriched uranium- (LEU-) based Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) to the US. The shipment arrived in the US on July 21, to undergo a... 

Consulting firm has 
expertise for SA’s 
developing nuclear 

20th August 2010 As many countries around the world prepare to further develop nuclear power, South Africa is alert to the trend and has the expertise ready to meet the demand for local nuclear energy, reports consulting engineers and scientists firm SRK Cape Town corporate consultant and partner Peter Rosewarne. 

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for cash-strapped utility?

4th December 2009 Following significant growth in infrastructure development, housing and industries, South Africa’s demand for electricity supply has peaked and given the countries current power woes, has led State-owned power utility Eskom having to ensure that it meets power supply demand requirements. 

Local reactor fuel spheres to undergo 
testing in 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     9th October 2009 Locally developed pebble bed reactor fuel spheres have been shipped to, and will undergo irradiation testing at, the Institute of Nuclear Materials (INM) in Zarechny near Ekaterinburg in Russia, where similar tests have been carried out previously. The fuel spheres were manufactured by South... 

Nuclear to reduce long-term capital costs

By: Carla Thomaz     9th October 2009 Fluctuating coal prices, transportation and transmission costs, as well as future carbon tax penalties are risks to South Africa’s energy generating future, says South African nuclear technology company the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company (PBMR). 

Preparing local manufacturing market for nuclear 

By: Carla Thomaz     9th October 2009 In anticipation of an immanent announcement from government on its planned nuclear programme rollout, the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) is alerting the local manufacturing market to the opportunities within the nuclear industry. 

Nuclear energy gains momentum

By: Carla Thomaz     9th October 2009 With increasing global energy demands, growing dependence on overseas supplies of fossil fuels and concerns over climate change, nuclear energy is gaining momentum in the search for clean fuel options, but there are challenges, reports South African nuclear technology firm the Pebble Bed Modular... 

Building up South Africa’s nuclear skills base

By: Carla Thomaz     9th October 2009 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) will be publishing its nuclear skills guideline document at the end of the year, which will form the basis of the planning process for South Africa’s eventual nuclear rollout. 

PBMR plant construction contracts awarded

By: Sylvester Haskins     10th October 2008 South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company (PBMR) reports that its PBMR nuclear power plant is poised to become the world's first commercial scale advanced nuclear reactor to be built in the new millennium. 

World undergoes nuclear renaissance

By: Sylvester Haskins     10th October 2008 The world is currently experiencing a nuclear renaissance period as international power generation industries now look to nuclear energy as an alternative to the global dependence on fossil fuels, states business strategy consultant and nuclear phycist Dr Kelvin Kemm. 

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