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Nuclear News

Decision time for SA's nuclear project

14th December 2001 By the end of 2001, the investors in Eskom's pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) will decide the fate of the project when they meet to deliberate the funding of its next – and, hopefully, final – pre- demonstration phase, PBMR Ltd CEO Dave Nicholls tells Engineering News. South African... 

Using nuclear tech to nuke malaria

By: Jill Stanford     7th December 2001 The International Atomic Energy Agency and some African states are trying to develop the sterile insect technique (SIT) to control or eradicate malaria transmitting mosquitoes, which are responsible for two-million deaths a year. 

Safety central theme in nuclear talks

7th December 2001 South Africa’s nuclear experts have been meeting with their Swedish and Dutch counterparts at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, to share experiences on research reactor management. 

Nuclear techniques for flies and water

By: Kelvin Kemm     30th November 2001 I was invited to be a member of a discussion panel at a public information seminar on nuclear issues held in Cape Town. The seminar was titled: 'Serving human needs: Nuclear energy and technology for Africa’. It was attended by a couple of hundred people, covering a wide cross section. 

Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, Western Cape and Gauteng

28th November 2001 A conference co-hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Department of Minerals and Energy in Cape Town last week came at a time when South Africa is grappling with the issue of expanding the role of nuclear technology and the expansion of nuclear power worldwide is looking more... 

Pelindaba still an asset for Africa

By: Keith Campbell     9th November 2001 Former Acting CEO of Necsa is convinced of the future of that organisation but believes research arm should go under DACST and not, as present, DME. 

Radwaste, compare their ice and our sand

By: Kelvin Kemm     26th October 2001 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) invited Mr Jukka Laaksonen to visit South Africa to present the annual NNR Guest Lecture. Mr Laaksonen is the director general of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland, which is known by its Finnish abbreviation STUK. 

Africa's nuclear industry advances

5th October 2001 West African country Morocco and the US have signed an agreement for peaceful nuclear co-operation, including research. 

If engineers weren't apolitical

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th September 2001 One of the threats that a person, hell-bent of destruction, can carry out with relative ease to make a social point is the destruction or disruption of the power system of a country. 

Fresh African nuclear energy moves

26th September 2001 Morocco and the United States have signed an agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation, including cooperation in research, Moroccan Energy Minister Mustapha Mansouri said. 

Nuclear ships and bread rolls

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st September 2001 There has been some fuss around the request for the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, to visit Cape Town. 

SA has key role in transforming African nuclear sector

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 SOUTH Africa is playing a key role in the transformation of the nuclear technology sector in Africa. 

North to South, Africa houses nine nuclear reactors

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 THE nuclear science and technology sector in Africa is much bigger than generally realised – the continent is home to nine nuclear research reactors, six particle accelerators, and two cyclotrons. 

Flying high with perception

By: Kelvin Kemm     31st August 2001 Statistics and risk is a highly complex mathematical subject but, unfortunately, it is often distorted by people who think that they are statisticians, because they can add three numbers and divide by three. 

Africa seeks to build nuclear market

28th August 2001 Africa is seeking to create an internal market for nuclear technological goods and services which will contribute to the sustainability of the industry on the continent. 

UK nuclear power shift could benefit SA

By: Keith Campbell     6th August 2001 IN a move that could be of great value to South Africa’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project, the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is indicating that a revival of nuclear power in Britain could be both economic and prudent 

Russians propose an unorthodox nuclear reactor

By: Keith Campbell     20th July 2001 RUSSIAN nuclear scientists and engineers are proposing the development of a new type of fast reactor that would be able to use weapons-grade plutonium, recovered from scrapped nuclear weapons, as a power source. 

Russian help for PBMR

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2001 Russia is providing valuable support to South Africa’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project. 

Energy-hungry world relooks at nuclear

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 The golden age of nuclear energy ended nearly 30 years ago, but its return to favour is on the horizon at a time when energy needs are getting bigger, electricity plants are getting smaller and environmental pressures are getting stronger. 

Nickel smelter, Colombia

By: System Author     10th November 2000 The expansion of the Cerro Matoso nickel smelter in Colombia is ahead of schedule 

Localisation plans in hand for PBMR

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Management at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor company – the Eskom Enterprises subsidiary studying the feasibility of a new ‘fail-safe’ nuclear-reactor technology – is considering a number of ‘localisation’ options for the manufacture of the stations. 

South Africa becomes centre of the ‘new nuclear’ universe

By: System Author     10th November 2000 The R437-million detailed feasibility study for the proposed pebble-bed modular reactor, the innovative South African nuclear-energy technology, is hotting up. 

Potgietersrus Platreef Project, Northern Province

By: System Author     20th October 2000 South African exploration company Thabex has entered into an agreement with Canadian nickel producer Falconbridge to further explore for minerals on the farm Piet Potgietersrust Town and Townlands 44KS in the Northern Province 

Will privatisation follow fission?

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Now the atom splitters are themselves splitting 

Zinc-nickel-plating plant for Gauteng

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Believed to be a first for South Africa, local company Continental Barrel Plating has installed a R70 000 zinc-nickel alloy- plating plant at its factory south of Johannesburg. 

Nuclear bombs to protect everybody

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Tech Track 

New law for nuclear industry

By: System Author     28th April 2000 The legislated renaming of the Atomic Energy Corporation as the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa with effect from February this year heralded some shifting of power over nuclear developments from Necsa to the Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs. 

Nickel project, Philippines

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Implats has signed a memorandum of understanding with Philnico Developments 

A UK physicist who developed atomic theory

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Achievers 

‘Little nukes’ to mushroom in South Africa

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Floating nuclear power stations

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Wheel turns again as stainless cycle bottoms out

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R800-million nickel plant for Eastern Cape

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Let us build fuel plant: Stumpf on pebble-bed

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 The State-owned Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa is in an ideal position to build the fuel plant for the country’s first inherently safer nuclear power reactor, the much-celebrated pebble-bed modular reactor which could contribute an estimated R20-billion to South Africa’s... 

State enterprise looks set to make a profit

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 The commercial division of the Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa, Pelindaba Technology – consisting of a chemicals, nuclear technology products and a systems and engineering division – is developing and remains on track to produce profits for the State-owned company. 

New tech for long-wear agro components

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Agriculture engineering, irrigation and plant propagation 

Toxic waste versus nuclear fuel

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Tech Track 

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