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Half of Chernobyl nuclear facility staff relieved after some 600 hours at their workplaces
23rd March 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

It has been confirmed that half of the duty staff at the Chornobyl (better known by the Russian version of its name, Chernobyl) nuclear site in Ukraine were successfully rotated off-duty on Sunday.... 


Koeberg Nuclear Power Station
Human error at Koeberg nearly led to 'devastating consequences'
17th March 2022 By: News24Wire

Eskom nearly lost 920 MW of power to the grid when an individual at nuclear power station Koeberg cut the wrong valve. The incident was reported in Eskom's newsletter to employees, Shutdown Times,... 


South Africa needs nuclear energy for net-zero energy, says Deputy Minister
16th March 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Mineral Resources and Energy Deputy Minister Dr Nobuhle Nkabane has reaffirmed the government’s policy of building 2 500 MW of new nuclear energy capacity in the country, with the process starting... 


IAEA concerned about the situation at Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine
9th March 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that the remote safeguards monitoring systems at the ruined Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) had ceased transmitting data. Chornobyl,... 


The Koeberg nuclear power station
Eskom defers steam generator replacement at Koeberg Unit 2 to Aug 2023
4th March 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has announced the deferral of a project to replace three steam generators at Koeberg Unit 2 to August 2023 following a review, conducted together with Framatome, which indicated that the... 


Nuclear corporation extends deadline for research reactor RFI responses
28th February 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Sunday that it was extending the deadline for responses to its Request for Information (RFI) regarding its Multi-Purpose Reactor... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission for coal-to-gas switch at some old stations
25th February 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects Eskom to make an application soon for a Section 34 determination to facilitate gas-to-power generation at some of the coal power... 


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EPC company a gold partner at Indaba
25th February 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi is participating at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) as a gold partner, says Lesedi business development executive Shane Pereira.... 


Local nuclear technology conference to be held next month
24th February 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has confirmed that it will co-host a nuclear conference next month. Called the Nuclear Technology Imbizo 2022, the conference’s other... 


World atomic body reviewing plan to discharge treated Fukushima water into the sea  
21st February 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

A task force of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other international experts visited Japan last week to gather information and collect water samples, in order to be able to draw up an... 


First Generation III+ nuclear reactors being built in US suffering further delays
21st February 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

US electricity utility Georgia Power has announced a further delay and a significant cost increase in its Vogtle nuclear power plant (NPP) expansion project. Vogtle (full name: Alvin W Vogtle... 


Civil nuclear cooperation discussed in Brazil-Russia Presidential Summit
18th February 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

At their summit meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, one of the areas of discussion between the Presidents of Brazil and Russia, Jair Bolsonaro and Vladimir Putin respectively, was cooperation in the... 


UK seeking feedback on small high temperature nuclear reactor programme
18th February 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking feedback from the nuclear industry and other stakeholders on its proposed timescale and structure for a... 


Swedish agency provides funding to help develop technologies for a small nuclear reactor
17th February 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Swedish Energy Agency, which falls under the Sweden’s Ministry of Infrastructure, has awarded funding of $10.6-million to support the construction of a demonstrator small modular nuclear... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe confirms some RMIPPPP projects won’t close, outlines six-monthly renewables procurement tempo
15th February 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe confirmed on Tuesday that not all of the 11 Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) preferred bidders would... 


Minister Gwede Mantashe argues there is scope to update the IRP to accelerate nuclear
DMRE moves to appoint service provider to design nuclear procurement framework
9th February 2022 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is seeking to appoint a service provider to develop a framework for the procurement of 2 500 MW of new nuclear capacity. The... 


DMRE supports Necsa RFI for new research reactor
9th February 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has issued a statement supporting the release of a Request for Information (RFI) by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation... 


South Africa to decide fate of nuclear activist on regulator board
8th February 2022 By: Bloomberg

South African Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has undertaken to decide whether to fire a community representative from the board of the National Nuclear Regulator by February 15, heading off a court... 


Nuclear Regulator confirms Koeberg safety compliance and clarifies upgrade process
4th February 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has reported that the country’s (and Africa’s) only operating nuclear power plant (NPP), at Koeberg near Cape Town, had for the past decade complied... 


Fight over Africa’s sole nuclear plant ensnares Energy Minister
2nd February 2022 By: Bloomberg

South African Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe is being sued following the suspension of a National Nuclear Regulator board member who also works with a civil society group fighting against the... 


Brazil takes first step towards expanding its nuclear generation capacity
18th January 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Brazil has begun the process of identifying new sites for new nuclear power plants. The first step was the recent signing of a cooperation agreement between the federal Ministry of Mines and Energy... 


Koeberg Nuclear Power Station
Eskom starts intensive maintenance programme at Koeberg Unit 2
17th January 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Power utility Eskom has advised that Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station was taken offline on January 17 for refuelling and a five-month maintenance outage, which may strain overall... 


The EU includes nuclear in a draft amendment to its clean energy ‘taxonomy’
7th January 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The European Commission, which is the executive branch of the European Union (EU), has included nuclear energy in its draft ‘Complementary Designated Act’ (CDA) of the EU ‘Taxonomy Regulation’... 


Ukraine announces plans to expand its uranium sector to boost energy self-sufficiency
6th January 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The government of Ukraine has approved a plan to expand the country’s uranium production. “The main purpose of this concept is to create conditions for increasing uranium production to fully meet... 


Korean group preselected for major subcontracts on Egyptian nuclear power plant
5th January 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has selected South Korean group Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) to be the sole bidder for several major contracts for the El Dabaa nuclear power plant... 


A Pebble-Bed Modular Nuclear Reactor supplies grid electricity – in China
3rd January 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Last month, a Pebble-Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) nuclear power plant (NPP) was connected to an electricity grid and began to supply power to its region. This took place on December 20, at the... 


Oil industry cleaning technique adapted for nuclear decontamination in the UK
13th December 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The adoption of a cleaning method from the oil and gas industry has allowed the decontamination of pipe sections from the former Harwell nuclear research site in the UK. As a result, instead of... 


Necsa advocates for further investment in nuclear power
25th November 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The National Nuclear Regulator on November 23 and 24 hosted public hearings into the Thyspunt nuclear installation site licence application made by power utility Eskom, during which the South... 


Rolls-Royce and partners launch specialist small modular nuclear reactor company
9th November 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK-based global industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced late on Monday the creation of a new subsidiary company, Rolls-Royce SMR Limited. This is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) which is... 


French nuclear group buys Rolls-Royce’s civil nuclear control business
9th November 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

French nuclear design, engineering, manufacture and construction company Framatome announced on Monday that it had completed its acquisition of Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control... 


The Koeberg power station
Nuclear regulator assures that contamination incident at Koeberg did not involve reactors
8th November 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) on Monday assured that a reported incidence of airborne contamination at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant (NNP) did not come from the nuclear reactor. Koeberg,... 


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Construction of Chinese small modular reactor achieves major milestone
26th October 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

A major structural component for China’s ACP100 demonstration small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) has been installed at the Changjiang nuclear power plant (NPP), on the Chinese island province of... 


A photo of a vehicle with the Eskom logo
Stage 2 load-shedding to continue until Saturday morning
26th October 2021 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom has announced that, owing to a shortage of generation capacity, Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from 09:00 on October 26 to 05:00 on October 30. "While Eskom teams... 


To cut carbon emissions, Germany needs to keep nuclear plants open and close coal plants
20th October 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

A study, commissioned by Berlin-based science and the environment association Ökomoderne e.V. and executed by Finnish not-for-profit research company Think Atom, has concluded that Germany’s... 


Energy transition holds greatest promise for growth, job creation and development
19th October 2021 By: Schalk Burger

A transition away from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewable-based electricity in South Africa can contribute significantly to job creation, growth and increased availability of electricity to... 


South African nuclear entity signs memorandum with its South Korean counterpart
14th October 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the (Republic of) Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (Kaeri), the South African... 


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