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European Parliament endorses nuclear as a green energy, albeit on a transitional basis
6th July 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The European Parliament, in a vote on Wednesday, endorsed nuclear energy, and certain gas energy projects, as green energy. The vote was actually on a motion to exclude nuclear and certain gas... 


South Korea re-emphasises nuclear power in new energy policy
6th July 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Republic of (South) Korea’s (ROK’s) new administration (inaugurated in May) has announced a new energy policy which re-emphasises the importance of nuclear energy for the country, World Nuclear... 


An artist’s impression of a Rolls-Royce SMR power plant
Roll-Royce SMR reveals shortlist for site of first factory to make major reactor components
5th July 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Rolls-Royce SMR, a subsidiary company of the UK-based global major power and propulsion systems group Rolls-Royce, has announced its shortlist of locations to build its first factory (of three)... 


Construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant can now start
1st July 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Construction of the first unit (that is, reactor) of Egypt’s El Dabaa nuclear power plant (NPP) has been licenced by the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA), World... 


A reel of stainless steel braided hose which is impervious to fire chemicals and pressure
Manufacturer now offers new stainless steel braided hose
1st July 2022

Earlier this year, industrial hose specialist Truco announced it had started manufacturing stainless steel braided hose at its Chamdor campus in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Initial capabilities are for... 


The Koeberg nuclear power station
IEA backs nuclear life extensions as Koeberg pushes ahead with 20-year plan
30th June 2022 By: Terence Creamer

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has come out in support of nuclear plant lifetime extension programmes, as Eskom pushes ahead with its plans to extend the life of the Koeberg nuclear power... 


US to help fund study for deployment of small modular nuclear reactors in Romania
28th June 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The administration of US President Joe Biden is to provide 50% of the funding for a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study for the deployment of a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR),... 


A lunar nuclear fission surface power concept
Nasa and US Department of Energy award contracts to develop lunar nuclear power systems
22nd June 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) announced on Tuesday that three proposed design concepts for nuclear fission power on the surface of the Moon had been selected for... 


An artist’s impression of ESA’s proposed Moon Village
European Union seeking radioactive power for space missions
22nd June 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Belgium-based international engineering and consultancy group Tractebel has been selected to head a research and innovation consortium, designated Pulsar, to conduct research into dynamic... 


Two European Parliament Committees reject inclusion of nuclear in EU’s future energy plan
15th June 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Two European Parliament committees have voted against the European Commission’s plan to include nuclear energy and gas in the European Union’s (EU’s) future energy taxonomy. (The European... 


Nuclear-powered carbon capture technology project in the UK
14th June 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

A UK-based consortium has reported that nuclear power plants (NPPs) could provide the heat necessary to enable a technology to capture carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere (an approach known... 


An image of Jacob Mbele, newly appointed director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general
10th June 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy... 


An image of a brazed plate heat exchanger
Company adds new product to its boiler offering
10th June 2022

Industrial process technologies supplier Alfa Laval has launched its new Alfa Laval AC65 brazed plate heat exchanger at its first online net-zero launch event, where it showcased new, cutting-edge... 


No final decision yet for Eskom’s Thyspunt licence application, says NNR
7th June 2022 By: Donna Slater

A final decision into Eskom’s nuclear installation site licence (NISL) for its proposed Thyspunt nuclear power station cannot be made, owing to “information gaps and outdated data” relating to the... 


French SMR design to trial joint European regulatory review
7th June 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

French State-owned electricity utility and nuclear group EDF has put its Nuward small modular reactor (SMR) forward as a test case of joint European regulatory review, the company has announced.... 


An image of a generator rotor
Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor
3rd June 2022

Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at... 


DMRE agrees to adopt amended African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research
2nd June 2022 By: Donna Slater

The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, on May 31, unanimously voted to adopt the amended African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research (AFRA) as presented by the Department... 


Small nuclear power projects may have big waste problems – study
1st June 2022 By: Reuters

A planned new generation of small nuclear reactors will create more waste than conventional reactors, while treatments to make some types of waste safe could be exploited by militants trying to... 


Major contract awarded to complete development of Brazil’s third nuclear reactor
31st May 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Brazilian Federal State-owned nuclear energy company Eletronuclear has signed a “Term of Commitment” with another Brazilian company, Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados (Nuclep), which is also a Federal... 


An image of the Rossing mine in Namibia
Uranium investors await price rally to revive Namibia projects
30th May 2022 By: Bloomberg

Namibia’s finance minister said uranium miners are waiting for prices to recover before reviving projects in Africa’s biggest producer of the ore, which is needed for nuclear power in a world... 


Belgium to fund development of advanced small modular nuclear reactors
25th May 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Belgian government has announced that it will provide funding of €100-million for research into advanced small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs). The money will be given to the country’s SCK-CEN... 


The Shin Hanul NPP
First reactor at South Korea’s latest nuclear power plant now functioning
24th May 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

South Korean company Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) announced on Monday that the first reactor at its latest nuclear power plant (NPP) had achieved criticality for the first time. Unit 1 at the... 


Dr Namane Magau
Necsa mourns passing of Dr Namane Magau
23rd May 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on May 23 said it was saddened and devastated at the passing of Human Resource and Ethics subcommittee chairperson Dr Namane Magau, who was also... 


The Koeberg nuclear power station
Developing countries have opportunity to call for greater access to nuclear energy, technology
17th May 2022 By: Schalk Burger

States that do not have nuclear weapons, which include most developing countries, have an opportunity to demand greater access to nuclear sciences and technologies for peaceful purposes, including... 


Kusile
Emissions reduction tech at Kusile contributes to move to Stage 4 load-shedding
16th May 2022 By: Darren Parker

State-owned utility Eskom was forced to implement Stage 4 load-shedding on the evening of May 16 after Unit 2 at the Kusile power station tripped, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said.... 


A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition
13th May 2022 By: Halima Frost

The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well... 


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Necsa starts process to replace venerable Safari-1 reactor
13th May 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has, with the approval of Cabinet, started the process that should result in it acquiring a new nuclear research reactor, to replace its current... 


South Korea to again boost nuclear power
11th May 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

New Republic of (South) Korea President Yoon Suk-yeol (inaugurated on Tuesday) is committed to his policy of strengthening the country’s nuclear power sector, reversing his predecessor’s policy... 


How to speed up the rollout of small nuclear power plants
11th May 2022 By: Bloomberg

Building big, conventional nuclear power plants is slow and expensive. That’s one reason the industry is staking its future on a new generation of smaller advanced reactors. Still in development,... 


Uganda acquires land for East Africa’s first nuclear power plant
11th May 2022 By: Bloomberg

Uganda said it acquired land for the construction of East Africa’s first nuclear power plant as the continent’s top exporter of coffee beans attempts to expand its electricity generation capacity... 


Global nuclear body launches commercial hydrogen production roadmap initiative
6th May 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that it is to develop a roadmap for the commercial scale production of hydrogen using nuclear power. This was because hydrogen was... 


Rolls-Royce optimistic that its SMR design will be approved quickly
20th April 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Rolls-Royce SMR, the UK-based global power and propulsion system manufacturing group Rolls-Royce’s small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) subsidiary, hopes that it will receive UK regulatory approval... 


JANINE ESPIN
The grid cannot cope with additional power supply and, thus, with the last bidding round issued by the Independent Power Producers Office, certain projects were not allowed to proceed
Connection delays increasing demand for standby power
15th April 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

As South Africa’s energy needs rebound on the back of improved economic activity, it is evident that standby power will be needed for the foreseeable future, as the connection of enough embedded... 


Koeberg nuclear power station, in Cape Town
Becker files for High Court to declare his dismissal unlawful, invalid
14th April 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Koeberg Alert Alliance (KAA) activist Peter Becker has filed an application in the Cape Town High Court to declare Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s decision to dismiss the... 


UK goes big on nuclear and offshore wind for its future and secure low-carbon energy
7th April 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK officially confirmed on Thursday that, to ensure the country’s energy security and independence, while also moving more rapidly to achieving net-zero carbon emissions energy, it was going to... 


India continues with major nuclear energy development programme
6th April 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

India currently had ten nuclear reactors under construction and had authorised the construction of another ten. The country had also imported 7 546 t of natural uranium ore concentrate and 56.78 t... 


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