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Nuclear News

Rocky times for SA's nuclear pebble

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2002 The end of this year will mark a crucial point in the history of South Africa's innovative pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) nuclear power plant project, for it is then that the partners in the programme will decide whether or not to move on to the next phase of the project, Engineering News can... 

Rocky times for SA's nuclear pebble

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2002 The end of this year will mark a crucial point in the history of South Africa’s innovative Pebble Bed Modular Reactor nuclear power plant project. 

ICT company unveils new nuclear solution

27th September 2002 The US subsidiary Spescom Software, of JSE Securities listed ICT group Spescom, announced the release of eB Nuclear, its information management solution for nuclear facility operators, at the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association (Nirma) 2002 Symposium held last month in... 

Nuclear reactors: the sky's no longer the limit

By: Kelvin Kemm     27th September 2002 We regularly hear of the challenge of providing energy here on earth, but there is another energy challenge unfolding in parallel, and that is the challenge of energy for deep space exploration. 

SA signs atomic energy commitment

16th September 2002 The Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy, Susan Shabangu has signed the Protocol Additional to the Safeguard Agreement, between South Africa and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, at the weekend. 

I say eco-terrorist, you say eco-activist

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     6th September 2002 Many years ago I was command engineering officer at Durban Naval Command. This was the time of the full influence of the old government, which had Reds under every bed and lived in a state of worry that the Republic of South Africa would be infiltrated and overthrown by terrorist saboteurs. 

Ghanaian gold-mines order SA vessels

9th August 2002 South African mixing technology company Lightnin Africa has been involved in three contracts in the gold-mining sector for vessels and mixing equipment. 

New shareholders sought for SA's nuclear project

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2002 The remaining shareholders in South African nuclear-energy project, the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR), are prioritising the detection and inclusion of new shareholders to replace US energy group Exelon, which has decided to withdraw from the project. 

US investor withdraws from SA nuclear project

17th April 2002 US investor, Exelon Generation Company, notified the board of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) that, due to a change in their strategic focus, they would not be participating in the project beyond the current phase. 

Dust-collectors for Botswana nickel-mine

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd March 2002 The dust-control division of Donaldson Filtration Systems will commission three Reliable Fire baghouse collectors at a nickel mine, in Botswana, this month (March). 

Potch varsity has role in new nuclear tech

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd March 2002 The acquisition by the University of Potchefstroom’s design and manufacturing centre of only one of a handful of five-axis computer numeric controlled (CNC) machining centres in South Africa has made possible the university’s involvement in Eskom’s pebble-bed modular reactor... 

Fabritech

22nd March 2002 Fabritech specialises in the high-precision manufacture of mechanical components for an array of applications such as oxygen plants, silos, military bridges, decompression chambers, heat exchangers and vessels, and nuclear cranes. 

Nuclear project catches world's attention

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2002 The lead investor in South Africa’s nuclear-power initiative, known as the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), reveals that worldwide interest has grown to such an extent that additional investors may be brought into the project in due course. 

'Walk-away safe' nuclear plant

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th March 2002 To make nuclear fuel or to obtain it is not a matter of just digging the stuff up. 

World interest in SA nuclear experiment

4th February 2002 The rehabilitation of nuclear power generation plants, which could represent part of the answer to the world’s power generation needs over the next 30 years, has taken a few steps forward in the consciousness of governments and industry in the past six months. 

Nuclear agency promoting innovative reactors

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2002 GIVEN the successful progress of SA’s PBMR programme, it is odd that this country is not a participant in the IAEA's International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (Inpro). 

Nuclear tech seeks novel applications

1st February 2002 Steps are being taken to expand and enhance the use of nuclear technology in all possible applications in Southern Africa. 

Another supplier selected for SA nuclear group

31st January 2002 A subsidiary of the IST Group, IST Nuclear, has been appointed as the sole supplier of three key systems by PBMR. 

Nuclear project secures consulting services

25th January 2002 A contract to supply services for the development of a demonstration power plant in South Africa that will use advanced Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) nuclear technology has been awarded to Murray & Roberts in a joint venture with US firm Stone & Webster, a subsidiary of the Shaw Group... 

Decision time for SA's nuclear project

By: Laura Franz     14th December 2001 By year-end, the investors of the 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. 

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. 

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