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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,... 


A photo of the ACP100 reactor containment vessel bottom head being craned into position
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... 


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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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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... 


Photo of the Koeberg nuclear power station
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... 


The Pelindaba complex, west of Pretoria
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... 


An image of drill rigs exploring for uranium
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... 


A photo of the Energoatom delegation inspecting an AP1000 reactor vessel stored at a US facility
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... 


Koeberg nuclear power station
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... 


an image of Eskom's Koeberg nuclear power plant
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... 


An Image of Isabel Bosman, a researcher at SAIIA's African Governance and Diplomacy programme
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... 


Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach
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... 


A cutaway diagram of a nuclear power plant with two ACP100 reactors
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... 


An artist’s impression of the upgraded and optimised UK SMR design
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... 


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