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Mantashe opposes coal ban for climate aid
14th October 2021 By: Bloomberg

Rich nations shouldn’t force South Africa to ban new coal-power projects and impose other conditions as a requirement for funding to help reduce its environmental footprint, the country’s energy... 

Ten EU countries call for the bloc to formally include nuclear in its future energy mix
13th October 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

Earlier this week, several newspapers across the European Union (EU) published a letter in support of nuclear energy, jointly signed by 15 Energy and Economy Ministers from ten EU countries, World... 

Full-scale mock-up of and advanced small modular nuclear reactor unveiled in the UK
4th October 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

Two nuclear technology companies, the Anglo-Dutch U-Battery and the UK’s Cavendish Nuclear, have unveiled a full-scale mock-up of U-Battery’s advanced modular reactor (AMR) design. The mock-up... 

UK becomes first country to publish proposals for the regulation of nuclear fusion power
1st October 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK government has released regulatory consultation proposals for the regulation of future nuclear fusion technology and power plant design, development, construction and operation. These were... 

Necsa welcomes Nersa decision on new nuclear energy for South Africa
29th September 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Wednesday announced its support of the recent National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) decision to approve the Section 34 (of the... 

Nuclear corporation highlights benefits to South Africa of Multipurpose Reactor project
27th September 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has highlighted the importance to the country, and indeed the wider world, of the now-authorised programme to construct a new Multipurpose... 

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Nkabane says South Africa will move ahead with nuclear procurement in 2022
21st September 2021 By: Terence Creamer

Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Dr Nobuhle Nkabane says that South Africa plans to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for a 2 500 MW nuclear programme by the end of March 2022 and... 

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Plan to replace SAFARI-1 with multi-purpose nuclear reactor gets Cabinet nod
20th September 2021 By: Terence Creamer

Cabinet has approved the setting up of the multi-purpose nuclear reactor project to replace the current SAFARI-1 nuclear research reactor, owned by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation... 

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World nuclear energy use to grow over next 20 years, requiring increased uranium mining
9th September 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The World Nuclear Association (WNA) has forecast that worldwide nuclear energy generation capacity will grow by 2.6% a year over the next 20 years. The prediction is contained in the WNA... 

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Ukrainian, US companies enter agreement to build new nuclear reactor
8th September 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

Ukrainian nuclear energy company Energoatom has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with US nuclear manufacturing company Westinghouse, for the completion of the former’s Khmelnitsky nuclear power... 

Russian arctic mining project to be powered by nuclear energy
6th September 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

Russian civil nuclear shipping and floating nuclear power plant company Atomflot, part of the State-owned Rosatom nuclear group, has signed a preliminary agreement with mining company GDK Baimskaya... 

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Organisations raise concern over lack of public participation in nuclear energy talks
2nd September 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Societal wellbeing organisations the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg have expressed their concern about the South African... 

Koeberg Unit 1 to be returned to service at the weekend following reactor trip
1st September 2021 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom says the Koeberg Unit 1 reactor tripped at 16:30 on August 30, as a result of a fault on the electrical breaker to one of the primary coolant pumps. "Eskom can confirm that the... 

Outa notes with concern Nersa subcommittee’s recommendation to approve new nuclear capacity
20th August 2021 By: Donna Slater

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) reports with “extreme concern” that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee has conditionally indicated... 

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Jacobs appointed to modify Koeberg’s secondary turbine system
12th August 2021 By: Donna Slater

NYSE-listed consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery company Jacobs has been appointed to carry out essential engineering modifications as part of a R20-billion programme to extend... 

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Opinion: Is nuclear part of the answer to sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity shortage?
21st July 2021

In this opinion article, South African Institute of International Affairs’ Isabel Bosman argues that, despite its pitfalls, nuclear is still an avenue worth exploring to address sub-Saharan... 

Africa in position to further global nuclear nonproliferation, but competing interests hamper efforts
24th June 2021 By: Schalk Burger

Africa can further the pursuit of global nuclear nonproliferation, but competing interests and objectives are hampering efforts to drive this goal on the international stage. University of South... 

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Fluor repositions South African unit to support energy transition drive
14th June 2021 By: Terence Creamer

Global engineering and construction company Fluor, which has been closely associated with South Africa’s liquid fuels and chemicals industries since the 1960s, has restructured its South African... 

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Chinese small modular nuclear reactor demonstration plant approved for construction
8th June 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The China National Nuclear Power (CNNP) company has received approval to build its small modular reactor (SMR) demonstration plant at Changjiang in China’s southernmost (and island) province of... 

Eskom suspends Koeberg GM while delayed unit investigation ensues
7th June 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

State-owned power utility Eskom has confirmed that the GM of its Koeberg nuclear power station has been suspended while investigations are ongoing into the performance of the power station. In... 

UK researchers announce major advance in developing practical nuclear fusion reactors
27th May 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has announced the successful testing of a new concept on its MAST Upgrade experiment, which could remove one of the major problems in the development of... 

Four energy scenarios that may define Southern Africa’s energy transition
27th May 2021 By: Donna Slater

Four vastly different energy transition scenarios, from very ambitious to the least ambitious, were posited by management advisory Africa International Advisors integrated energy practice leader... 

International Atomic Energy Agency announces hybrid nuclear-renewable energy research
24th May 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has issued a call for research proposals, into hybrid nuclear and renewable energy systems. This call falls under the IAEA’s Coordinated Research... 

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Rolls-Royce-led consortium unveils optimised design for its small modular reactor
18th May 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK-based global industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has announced that the small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) consortium that it leads has upgraded the SMR’s design and increased its power... 

Nuclear power station maintenance under way
30th April 2021

In the recent system status and outlook briefing by State-owned power utility Eskom that took place on March 15, 2021, details of the refuelling and maintenance outage of the Koeberg nuclear power... 

To keep Koeberg going, Eskom must convince regulators it has enough money
26th March 2021 By: News24Wire

If it wants the legal right to keep the Koeberg nuclear power station running, Eskom will have to convince nuclear regulators – and, perhaps, the courts – that it has the money to do so. Under... 

Electricity sector developments
Electricity sector developments
26th March 2021

Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the details of the nature and pricing for projects selected as preferred bidders for the emergency bid... 

Fossil fuels are responsible for millions of deaths globally every year
Fossil fuels found accountable for millions of deaths
19th March 2021 By: Halima Frost

Fossil fuels are, through a marked contribution to air pollution, accountable for 8.7-million deaths globally in 2018, which adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing dependence... 

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Sustainability leader ramps up ESG strategy
19th March 2021 By: Halima Frost

Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has begun to implement its new Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) programme for 2021 to 2025, in the hopes of significantly... 

Rolls-Royce-led consortium joins European nuclear industry group
16th March 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK Small Modular Reactor (UKSMR) consortium, which is led by industrial technology group Rolls-Royce, has joined European nuclear industry association Foratom. This is part of UKSMR’s objective... 

New report highlights decade of falling electricity production in South Africa
New report highlights decade of falling electricity production in South Africa
11th March 2021 By: Terence Creamer

A new Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) report offers a sobering picture of declining electricity system production and demand between 2010 and 2020 – a trend that was amplified... 

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Rolls-Royce signs MoU with Estonian company on small modular reactors
3rd March 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Estonian company Fermi Energia. The purpose of the MoU is to study the potential to deploy small... 

Koeberg nuclear power station
Eskom, regulator say cracks in Koeberg containment structures not serious
15th February 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has assured the public that the Koeberg nuclear power station, in Cape Town, is not discharging harmful radiation into the environment. The NNR was responding... 

Outa, HSF speak out against proposed procurement of new nuclear power capacity
8th February 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) have opposed Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s proposal to procure new nuclear power capacity.... 

South African radioisotope company gets unqualified audits from Auditor General
29th January 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

South African State-owned nuclear technology company, NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), has received an unqualified audit for a second year in a row. NTP is part of the South African Nuclear Energy... 

Japan and the UK partnering on robotics for use in nuclear facilities
21st January 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

Japan and the UK are partnering to develop and deploy new automation and robotics techniques for use in both the decommissioning of nuclear plants and the development of nuclear fusion energy. The... 

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