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Nuclear News

IAEA says SA nuclear regulator effective, but warns on control gaps in health

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is in good shape, but the oversight of radiation safety in the country, which is the responsibility of the Directorate of Radiation Control of the Department of Health, could be improved. These were findings of an Integrated Regulatory Review... 

Eskom takes issue with negative reporting on nuclear expansion plans

By: African News Agency      13th January 2017 Eskom on Friday said the public discourse on its nuclear procurement plans was biased, lacked intellectual depth and failed to grasp the technical complexities or the social benefits of the programme. Responding to an article in Business Day, Eskom’s head of corporate affairs, Chose Choeu,... 

Bouygues clinches €1.7bn Hinkley Point C construction contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 French firm EDF has contracted Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, in a consortium with British company Laing O’Rourke, to construct the buildings that will house the two European Pressurised Reactor (ERP) nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, England.... 

Surprise move to make Eskom nuke procurer ‘unlawful’, court told

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 The environmentalist groups taking the Department of Energy (DoE) to court over the nuclear procurement programme claim its decision in late 2016 to make Eskom the nuclear energy procurer was unlawful. This view is contained in an answering affidavit filed by Earthlife SA and the Southern African... 

Surprise move to make Eskom nuke procurer ‘unlawful’, court told

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2017 The Department of Energy (DoE) has formally extended the period for public comment on the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case until March 31. The closing date for written comment was initially set as February 15, after the two plans were... 

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March

Eskom welcomes ConCourt judgment around Koeberg tender

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Eskom on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the Constitutional Court to dismiss the application by nuclear services provider Westinghouse to review the award of the tender for the replacement of the six steam generators at the Koeberg power station, in Cape Town. Eskom had, in June 2012, called... 

Eskom welcomes ConCourt judgment around Koeberg tender

Eskom releases nuclear RFI

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 State-owned power provider Eskom on Wednesday released a request for information (RFI) to the market for its nuclear new build programme, which will add 9 600 MW to the national power grid when completed. The RFI aims to gather data including experience related to recent nuclear project... 

Eskom releases nuclear RFI

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator hosts international nuclear mission

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited South Africa from December 5 to December 15. The purpose of the IRRS mission was to examine South Africa’s nuclear regulatory system and compare it with the IAEA’s safety standards and... 

South African nuclear regulator effective, but health dept's radiation control lacks capacity – IAEA

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2016 South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is in good shape, but the oversight of radiation safety in the country, which is the responsibility of the Directorate of Radiation Control of the Department of Health, could be improved. These were findings reported at a press conference on... 

South African nuclear regulator effective, but health dept's radiation control lacks capacity – IAEA
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National Nuclear Regulator CEO Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka

NGOs express concern about Eskom’s involvement in nuclear build programme

By: Kim Cloete     14th December 2016 Several organisations attending public hearings in Cape Town have expressed concern about conflict of interest in Eskom’s involvement in the nuclear new build programme.  “Nuclear will not easily be accepted by the population. It is heavily contested. If you go down the nuclear path, it needs to... 

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 State-owned Eskom on Tuesday welcomed the Council for Geoscience’s (CGS’s) confirmation that there are no geological, bedrock topography or seismological problems at the proposed Thyspunt nuclear site that could possibly disqualify the area for the construction of a nuclear installation. In... 

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development

Eskom insists Koeberg not affected by manufacturing anomalies afflicting French reactors 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2016 South African electricity utility Eskom insisted on Tuesday that the Koeberg nuclear power station, located in the Western Cape, is not affected by manufacturing anomalies that have afflicted the French nuclear industry this year, resulting in several reactor outages. The State-owned company... 

Eskom insists Koeberg not affected by manufacturing anomalies afflicting French reactors

Zambia eyes energy diversification, reviews South Africa's progress

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2016 Zambia has started reviewing its options to reverse the country's current energy constraints and diversify its own energy mix, leaving no viable potential initiatives off the table as it seeks to become a "power trader". The mostly hydropowered Southern African country is currently battling... 

Zambia eyes energy diversification, reviews South Africa's progress
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO reappointed for three more years

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Friday that its CEO, Phumzile Tshelane, has had his contract extended for another three years. The decision was taken by the Cabinet. The reappointment of Tshelane was recommended by the Necsa Board, which was appointed in March.... 

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO reappointed for three more years
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Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane

Rosatom looks forward to result of South Africa’s nuclear debate

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has reaffirmed its respect for South Africa’s domestic policy debates and decisions. “We respect South African government processes and decisions,” states Rosatom International Regional VP: Sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov. “The new [South African]... 

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’ 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2016 A call has been made for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case to be re-run in order to generate a “least-cost” outcome that is free from the “artificial constraints” imposed on renewable energy in the current draft. The base case, published by the Department of Energy (DoE) on November... 

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2016 Planned nationwide public consultations got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday for the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) long-awaited draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), drawing some industry criticism regarding timelines and an outdated pricing structure.... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis

Outa objects to handling of IRP public consultation process 

By: African News Agency      6th December 2016 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday accused the department of energy of giving the public too little time to weigh in on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which sees South Africa adding 20 gigawatt of nuclear energy to its power grid over the next three decades. “Outa has... 

Outa objects to handling of IRP public consultation process

No conclusive data on feasibility of nuclear, National Treasury says

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 National Treasury has said there are no conclusive figures to date on the financial affordability and social impact on procuring new nuclear plants for South Africa. In a response to a parliamentary question released on Friday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said studies released by the... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be active in South Africa from December 5 to 15, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) announced on Thursday. The purpose of the IRRS mission will be to examine South Africa’s nuclear... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission
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Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka

UK to stimulate nuclear research, development and innovation

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 The United Kingdom has launched a new nuclear innovation programme. This was recently announced in Manchester by the country’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (equivalent to Minister in South Africa), Greg Clark. “We want to upgrade the UK’s existing nuclear... 

Russian nuclear company looks forward to result of nuclear debate in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2016 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has reaffirmed its respect for South Africa’s domestic policy debates and decisions. “We respect South African government processes and decisions,” Rosatom International regional VP: sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov told Engineering News Online on... 

Russian nuclear company looks forward to result of nuclear debate in South Africa

Energy department reluctantly gives insight into nuclear studies 

By: African News Agency      29th November 2016 A study by the department of energy and National Treasury on a funding model for the planned nuclear expansion programme handed to Cabinet in 2015 advised that the best way to test cost analysis was to go to the market for tenders, the department told MPs on Wednesday. Deputy director general:... 

Busa concerned about Eskom, govt misalignment on nuclear component of IRP 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) expressed concern on Thursday about a seeming lack of alignment between government and Eskom on the nuclear component of the newly released draft base case of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). In a statement welcoming the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s)... 

Busa concerned about Eskom, govt misalignment on nuclear component of IRP

Dismissive of 2037 nuclear timeline in IRP base case, Eskom to release RFP by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated on Tuesday that it planned to move ahead with a controversial request for proposals (RFP) for nuclear before the end of 2016, despite the base case in a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update indicating that the first reactor would only be required... 

Dismissive of 2037 nuclear timeline in IRP base case, Eskom to release RFP by year-end
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Necsa responsible for new research reactor and fuel cycle

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 The South African government has decided that the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) will be the owner/operator of the planned new Multi-Purpose Reactor (MPR) and the proposed future nuclear fuel cycle. National electricity utility Eskom will be the owner/operator of the planned... 

As DoE prepares to release IRP, all eyes will be on nuclear 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) will on Tuesday November 22 release the long-waited draft of the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The release, which will take place in Pretoria, follows the Cabinet decision of November 2,... 

As DoE prepares to release IRP, all eyes will be on nuclear
The Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape

Cabinet makes Necsa responsible for new research reactor and fuel cycle

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2016 The South African government has decided that the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) will be the owner/operator of the planned new Multi-Purpose Reactor (MPR) and the proposed future nuclear fuel cycle. National electricity utility Eskom will be the owner/operator of the planned... 

Cabinet makes Necsa responsible for new research reactor and fuel cycle
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An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria

Niasa insists nuclear is still best option for South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th November 2016 Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) MD Knox Msebenzi on Friday said nuclear is still the most viable option, from an environmental and economic standpoint, to add to the country’s baseload electricity generation capacity. This comes after the release of former Public Protector... 

SA nuclear industry unfazed by latest delays in nuclear project

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2016 The Nuclear Industries Association of South Africa (Niasa) is not concerned about the latest postponement in the country’s new nuclear power plant (NPP) construction programme. “Although, as an industry, we’d have liked this process to have started a long time ago,” observes Niasa MD Knox... 

Treasury: Nuclear can’t undermine fiscal integrity

By: News24Wire      26th October 2016 Treasury will ensure it protects South Africa’s fiscal integrity with regard to South Africa’s nuclear procurement plan. Finance Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas told media on Wednesday that Treasury will continue to play a role in the planning of the nuclear procurement programme. 

National Nuclear Regulator building itself up to meet future challenges

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is busy strengthening the country’s nuclear regulatory framework, in anticipation of the planned construction of a fleet of new nuclear power stations (NPPs). “As part of strengthening our capacity we recently launched a Centre for Nuclear Safety... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2016 Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price says he is “surprised” by Eskom’s current resistance to signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for new renewable-energy projects in light of the undeniable success of the competitive-bidding model pursued by the Department of Energy... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty
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Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William

Difficult partner search jeopardises Areva State rescue

By: Reuters     20th October 2016 French Areva is struggling to find a buyer for its new nuclear fuel unit, analysts and sources said, a key condition for the European Union to clear a State rescue package for the group, hit by years of losses. Experts say third-party investment would prove to the European Commission that the new... 

Nersa awaits RCA appeal before moving on new Eskom applications

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects its application for leave to appeal a recent North Gauteng High Court judgment, which found its approval of Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) for the 2013/14 to be unlawful, to take... 

Nersa awaits RCA appeal before moving on new Eskom applications
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Nersa regulator Thembani Bukula

South African elected chair of world nuclear agency

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2016 The new Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, has emphasised that “South Africa as a founding member of the IAEA attaches great importance to the mandate of the Agency”. Seokolo, South Africa’s ambassador to the IAEA and... 

SA’s first coal IPPs announced 

     13th October 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the announcement of preferred bidders in the first window of South Africa’s coal independent power producer (IPP) programme, as well as the latest developments in the country’s gas-to-power and nuclear new... 

SA’s first coal IPPs announced
SA’s first coal IPPs announced
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