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Opinion: How could South Africa depoliticise its electricity planning process?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     17th May 2019 As South Africans know all too well, the processes involved in drafting and approving an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity are emotive, opaque and highly political. It took nearly ten years to update the initial IRP 2010, despite the fact that the document lost relevance almost from... 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The success of all the countries that have undertaken large nuclear programmes shows that nuclear energy is a credible solution to State-owned power utility Eskom’s power challenges, says retired Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. 

South African nuclear corporation CEO axed  

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th May 2019 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane has been dismissed from his post and removed from the State-owned organisation’s board. This was announced on Tuesday by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in a short press release. The decision was made because of the serious... 

INITIATE INTERVIEW: “We want to be a part of ‘EmPOWERing Africa’. Training, coaching and mentoring of the youth is critical to the success of our future economy”

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2019 Exclusive interview with Shane Pereira, Business Development Executive at Lesedi Nuclear Services, sponsors of the Initiate! Impact Challenge that is taking place at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa at the CTICC from 14-16 May. The Initiate! 3-day challenge is for postgraduate students... 

Global energy investment out of step with security of supply, climate needs  

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2019 A new report on global energy investment in 2018 points to an ongoing misalignment between approved expenditure on new fuel and power projects and meeting the twin goals security of supply and decarbonisation. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘World Energy Investment 2019’ report,... 

Construction of nuclear plants will reinvigorate local manufacturing 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th May 2019 One of the main objectives of government is to reinvigorate the local manufacturing sector and one of the ways to achieve that is to forge ahead with the construction of nuclear plants, says nuclear project management company Nuclear Africa CEO Dr Kelvin Kemm. 

Unreliability of coal power stations calls for a nuclear solution

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th May 2019 With coal power stations starting to reach the end of their lives, owing to insufficient maintenance, the country’s only option going forward will have to be nuclear energy, says University of the Witwatersrand radiation and health physics unit director Professor James Larkin. 

Necsa releases new OSCAR version

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th May 2019 State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) radiation reactor theory department hosted the release of the fifth version of the Overall System for the Calculation of Reactors (OSCAR-5) at the user group workshop last month in Hartbeespoort, in the North West. 

Can the adoption of new technologies such as Plasma Systems help utilities reduce operational cost?..YES!

9th May 2019 GE’s new Plasma Ignition System reduces overall operating costs by improving low load operation and eliminating dependence on support fuels Achieves 90% versus 75% efficiency when compared to conventional systems widely found in the global market. 

Kyrgyzstan bans uranium mining after protests

By: Reuters     3rd May 2019 Kyrgyzstan's Parliament voted on Thursday to ban uranium exploration and mining in the Central Asian nation despite previously issuing licenses to foreign companies such as Canada's Azarga Uranium. The move, which may expose the Bishkek government to compensation claims from foreign investors,... 

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