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Loadshedding crisis
20th January 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer outlines the reasons for power utility Eskom having to implement high levels of loadshedding so far this year; some of the short-term interventions that are... 


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Nersa approves 18.65% Eskom hike as it holds back on big diesel request
12th January 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted Eskom an 18.65% tariff increase for implementation on April 1, below the 32% hike that was being sought by the loss-making utility... 


Eskom's Koeberg Power Station
South Africa at key stage of nuclear revamp as power grid reels
11th January 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa has entered a critical phase of revamping its sole nuclear plant and needs it to run according to plan to avoid deepening power cuts that are already at a record and wreaking havoc on... 


Energy department to oversee Eskom
9th January 2023 By: Bloomberg

President Cyril Ramaphosa said the energy department will take over responsibility for overseeing state utility Eskom Holdings, which has been failing to meet the nation’s power demand since 2008.... 


New IAEA training tool used to assist Senegal with its nuclear research reactor project
9th January 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a specialist organisation of the United Nations system, highlighted on Friday that it has piloted a new training tool in Senegal, in support of the... 


Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
Eskom says police investigating alleged poisoning of CEO
9th January 2023 By: Reuters

South African power utility Eskom on Sunday said police were investigating whether an attempt was made to poison its outgoing CEO Andre de Ruyter. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan also... 


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Nersa given until Jan 12 to make a final decision on Eskom revenue application
21st December 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The High Court of South Africa (Gauteng Division) has granted the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) an extension, to January 12, to make the final decision on Eskom’s revenue... 


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US researchers achieve unprecedented breakthrough in nuclear fusion
14th December 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Late on Tuesday, South African time, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) confirmed what had been rumoured for the previous couple of days:... 


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Stats SA considers adding self-generated power to data set
14th December 2022 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s statistics agency is considering including self-generated power in its monthly electricity-generation data as more households and businesses reduce their reliance on State-owned... 


The Shidaowan NPP complex
A pebble bed modular reactor nuclear power plant reaches full power – in China
12th December 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The world’s first pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) nuclear power plant (NPP) achieved full initial power on Friday, World Nuclear News has reported. It is located at Shidaowan in Shandong province... 


Eskom confirms delay of Koeberg Unit 1 maintenance shutdown
8th December 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom has decided to delay the start of the planned maintenance shutdown of Koeberg Unit 1 to allow time to stabilise the power system and recover some generation capacity. The unit... 


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Eskom's diesel warnings start to bite
25th November 2022

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer talks about power utility Eskom's decision to halt further diesel purchases for the remainder of its financial year to March 31, 2023; the impact of that... 


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Opinion: Koeberg life extension could flip switch on half a trillion rands of economic damage
24th November 2022

In this opinion article, energy analyst and commentator Clyde Mallinson warns that, against the backdrop of persistent and erratic loadshedding, the economic cost of shutting the Koeberg nuclear... 


IAEA launches initiative highlighting nuclear power’s role in mitigating climate change
17th November 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an autonomous specialised agency of the United Nations, has launched a new initiative to help countries understand the role nuclear energy can play in... 


South African experts developing an SMR optimised for African conditions
15th November 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

South Africa had an indigenous design for a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR), a simplified derivative of the country’s State-funded Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project, highlighted nuclear... 


Coal is king, insists Mantashe - as Ramaphosa is feted for green plan in Egypt
11th November 2022 By: News24Wire

As world leaders fete President Cyril Ramaphosa for his green agenda in Egypt, his minister of mineral resources and energy insisted this week that coal will continue to play a critical part in... 


NNR highlights the transparency of its recent nuclear emergency exercise in Cape Town
10th November 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) issued a press release on Thursday, highlighting the wide range of stakeholders who observed the full-scale nuclear emergency exercise at the Koeberg nuclear... 


Global nuclear agency highlights its role in helping Africa adapt to climate change
10th November 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

With the COP27 United Nations (UN) Climate Conference under way in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday released a report on how nuclear technologies... 


Presidential Climate Finance Task Team head Daniel Mminele
Mminele outlines Just Energy Transition Investment Plan implementation vision
10th November 2022 By: Terence Creamer

The International Partners Group (IPG) of France, Germany, the UK, the US and the EU jointly endorsed South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP) during the World Leaders Summit... 


Projections for global temperature increase by 2100 above preindustrial levels based on targets and announcements from COP27.
Climate projections again point to dangerous 2.7 °C rise by 2100
10th November 2022 By: Bloomberg

The research partnership Climate Action Tracker (CAT) on Thursday released its latest projections of how greenhouse gas emissions may dangerously raise the global average temperature. The result is... 


IAEA says Morocco’s nuclear emergency response capability is solid; suggests refinements
7th November 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

An expert review team of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that Morocco has considerable capability regarding its emergency response and preparedness (EPR) for nuclear... 


Approval given for the construction of Egypt’s second nuclear reactor
2nd November 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Approval, in principle, for the construction of the second nuclear reactor (‘unit 2’) of Egypt’s El Dabaa nuclear power plant (NPP), has been granted by the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological... 


Moody’s boosts Eskom’s ratings outlook to positive after budget
1st November 2022 By: Bloomberg

Moody’s Investors Service improved its outlook on Eskom Holdings’s debt ratings to positive after South African Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced last week the government could take over... 


Ghana’s nuclear energy ambitions to be supported by the US and Japan
31st October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The West African country of Ghana is set to be the first beneficiary of a new joint US-Japan civil nuclear cooperation agreement, established last week, named ‘Winning an Edge Through Cooperation... 


Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Higher revenue collections support consolidation as growth headwinds strengthen
26th October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Better-than-expected revenue collection enabled Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to report an improvement in government’s fiscal position relative to the one forecast in the February Budget.... 


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Details of Eskom debt relief to be unveiled in Feb as loadshedding crimps growth outlook
26th October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has confirmed that government will take over between one-third and two-thirds of Eskom’s R400-billion debt, as intense loadshedding, which government expects to... 


Eskom debt plan in focus at South Africa's mid-term budget
25th October 2022 By: Reuters

South Africa's finance minister is expected to announce a plan to take on part of power utility Eskom's mammoth debt in a mid-term budget on Wednesday, although analysts say the legally complex... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Coal can ‘reinvent itself’, CGS must play role in the energy transition – Mantashe 
25th October 2022 By: Nadine James

During his keynote address at the Council for Geoscience (CGS) Summit, held at the Durban International Convention Centre from October 25 to 27, Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe... 


Rand takes big hit as investors worry about Godongwana speech, Beijing developments
25th October 2022 By: News24Wire

On Tuesday morning, the rand approached R18.50/$ - trading at levels last seen in early 2020 as the country digested the implications of the first hard Covid-19 lockdown. The currency is under... 


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IAEA report on extending the life of the Koeberg nuclear plant lists issues to be addressed
24th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

As a result of a Promotion of Access to Information Act application by the Democratic Alliance (the official opposition in the South African Parliament but the ruling party in the Western Cape... 


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America's new nuclear power industry has a Russian problem
20th October 2022 By: Reuters

US firms developing a new generation of small nuclear power plants to help cut carbon emissions have a big problem: only one company sells the fuel they need, and it's Russian. That's why the US... 


Eskom lenders hire PwC as power cuts grip South African utility
19th October 2022 By: Bloomberg

Lenders to Eskom Holdings have hired financial advisers as South Africa’s State-owned power utility restructures its business. The banks asked consultants at PwC to assist them with negotiations,... 


Mantashe restates his positions on energy at conference, but highlights nuclear
18th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe delivered his third keynote address to his third international energy conference in Cape Town, in as many weeks, on Tuesday. This time it was to... 


Necsa CEO Loyiso Tyabashe
Necsa reports much reduced losses and that it is achieving turnaround
18th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) was successfully turning itself around, the State-owned entity’s CEO, Loyiso Tyabashe, has told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral... 


Africa needs to use all its energy sources to develop, says AU Commissioner
5th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Africa must make use of all its energy resources, as it needs to achieve development. So affirmed African Union (AU) Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Amani Abou-Zeid in her keynote... 


Mantashe unexpectedly addresses oil conference on Monday
3rd October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Although not programmed to do so, South African Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe addressed the Ministerial and VIP Symposium of the Africa Oil Week conference and Green Energy... 


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