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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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Energy transition has potential to dramatically increase demand for steel
6th October 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

With local electricity grid constraints becoming more prevalent and given the global emphasis on decarbonisation, the ongoing energy transition, as well as loadshedding, are expected to present... 


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Eskom's summer outlook
29th September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's system outlook for the high-maintenance summer months; the early return of units at Kusile and the impact of that decision on pollution;... 


Interim Eskom CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom aiming not to breach Stage 4 loadshedding this summer
27th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is aiming to limit loadshedding to Stage 4 during the summer months to the end of March by restricting unplanned breakdowns to 14 500 MW during what is also its high-maintenance season, when... 


The SAFARI-1 reactor
Necsa wants to get involved with small modular reactors
20th September 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has formally requested Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe to change its mandate, to allow it to become involved in the... 


Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Energy Council CEO sees 2023 as a turning point in the energy crisis, but warns of slow decarbonisation progress
14th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

Industry body the Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay has said there is sufficient reason to believe that loadshedding could end as early as the end of 2024, but warns that South Africa... 


Karpowership donates game farm to ease South Africa power approval
6th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

Karpowership has bought and donated a game farm to a provincial wildlife authority in a bid to ease environmental approval for one of the three gas-fired power plants it wants to erect in South... 


Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa working with DMRE to have updated IRP released for consultation soon
2nd September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Although persisting with his position that he has the powers to determine the sources of new generation, Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says because the Department of Mineral... 


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An updated IRP and Eskom's restructuring make headlines
1st September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe's plan to take an updated Integrated Resource Plan through Cabinet processes soon and the... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe aiming to secure Cabinet approval for ‘IRP 2023’ in Sept
29th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe is aiming to seek Cabinet approval to publish an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public consultation during an upcoming Cabinet... 


Koeberg power station
Koeberg revamp: Race against time as nuclear regulator wants more work on safety case
25th August 2023 By: News24Wire

The National Nuclear Regulator has asked Eskom to undertake additional engineering studies on the Koeberg power station before it can deliberate on its application to extend the long-term operation... 


IAEA director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi
IAEA assures that it will monitor, on site, the discharge of treated water from Fukushima
22nd August 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi on Tuesday gave the assurance that the agency would provide a continuing, objective, independent and impartial... 


Renewable energy and fossil fuel power infrastructure
TIPS sets out to create a South Africa-focused Just Transition Transaction Framework
21st August 2023 By: Darren Parker

Independent, nonprofit economic research institution Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has launched research on a proposed Just Transition Transaction Framework. During a webinar on... 


The Koeberg nuclear power station
Koeberg Unit 1 on track to return to service in early November
17th August 2023 By: News24Wire

Eskom says that the main mechanical work on replacing the steam generators at Koeberg's Unit 1 has been completed and it will return to service on 3 November.  Koeberg's Unit 2 will be taken... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Govt messed up the 9.6GW nuclear project – Mantashe
17th August 2023 By: News24Wire

The 9.6GW nuclear project, under former president Jacob Zuma's administration, failed because government failed to develop it "systematically" at a "pace and rate" the country could afford, Mineral... 


Nuclear is world’s number two source of clean electricity, reports association
11th August 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Last year nuclear energy generated 25% of the world’s clean (greenhouse gas emissions-free) electricity, and ranked second only to hydropower as a clean energy source, reported the World Nuclear... 


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Koeberg, battery storage and Eskom's unbundling make headlines
11th August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the Koeberg nuclear power station, a big battery storage programme and the unbundling of Eskom. 


Koeberg
Koeberg Unit 1 now only scheduled to re-enter operation on November 3
10th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that Unit 1 at the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, is currently scheduled to return to service only on November 3. The unit... 


New boards announced for two South African nuclear agencies
10th August 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African government has announced the new boards of directors for both the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) and the National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute (NRWDI). The NNR serves to... 


Nuclear regulator grants Eskom an extension regarding application for new nuclear site
4th August 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has granted State-owned national electricity utility Eskom an extension of the date by which it must supply still-outstanding information concerning a nuclear... 


Necsa signs cooperation memorandum with Russian nuclear company
1st August 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Tuesday that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia’s TVEL Fuel Company. TVEL is a subsidiary of the... 


The Vogtle 3 nuclear plant with, in the background, the Vogtle 4 unit.
First new US nuclear power plant in three decades now producing electricity
1st August 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

American electricity utility Georgia Power on Monday announced that the first new nuclear power plant (NPP) built in the US in 30 years, Vogtle 3, had started commercial operation and was supplying... 


Nii Kwashie Allotey (left) of the NRA and Christopher T Hanson of the NRC (right)
Ghana, US, nuclear regulators reaffirm their close cooperation
25th July 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The heads of the Ghana Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate closely on nuclear safety and regulation. This... 


The Koeberg station
Ramokgopa ‘worried and extremely upset’ over Koeberg outage slips
23rd July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says he is “worried and also extremely upset” about developments at the Koeberg nuclear power station, where fears have increased that both units could... 


Power lines with Koeberg in the background
Eskom system operator doesn’t foresee grid instability should both Koeberg units be offline simultaneously
19th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom’s system operator GM, Isabel Fick, does not foresee the Western Cape power grid being materially destabilised if both of Koeberg’s two nuclear reactors are out of service simultaneously later... 


Former Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
Jan Oberholzer to leave Eskom in shock development
18th July 2023 By: News24Wire

In a surprise announcement, Eskom said that the utility and its former COO Jan Oberholzer would "part ways by mutual agreement". Last month, Eskom confirmed that it had signed a two-year contract... 


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