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Nuclear News

No need for Treasury to finance nuclear – Molefe 

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 A nuclear build programme for South Africa doesn’t need to be funded by the fiscus. There are enough potential financiers who would be willing to take the risk, said Brian Molefe, Eskom CEO on Wednesday. Speaking to Fin24 on the sidelines of a parliamentary meeting, Molefe said he doesn’t believe... 

Molefe: No nuclear by 2035 could mean another power crunch

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 If South Africa doesn’t have additional nuclear power by 2035, the country will be in the same position as in 2008 when there was a serious shortage of power supply, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Wednesday. Molefe was part of an Eskom delegation who briefed Parliament on the power utility’s... 

Molefe: No nuclear by 2035 could mean another power crunch
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Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Public comment period for Eskom application for nuclear installation licences extended

By: African News Agency      19th September 2016 Interested parties will from Monday be able to comment on Eskom’s application for nuclear installation site licences in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, the power utility announced on Monday. Earlier this month, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) approved the extension of the deadline for... 

DoE insists 'compliant' nuclear management system contract part of procurement preparations 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2016 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has listed the names of several expert advisers whose services it has used over the past five years in relation to the country’s controversial nuclear procurement programme. However, the value of the various contracts was not immediately provided. The... 

DoE insists 'compliant' nuclear management system contract part of procurement preparations
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Koeberg unit shut down for refuelling

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station, near Cape Town, will be shut down on Monday for a planned refuelling outage. This outage will take just over a month, with the unit expected to be back on line towards the end of October. Koeberg Unit 1 has been on stream without any interruption since... 

Koeberg unit shut down for refuelling

New revelations in South African nuclear deal

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 The department of energy was tight-lipped on Friday over the awarding of a tender for the controversial nuclear build programme to the son of a close friend of President Jacob Zuma. When approached for comment, departmental spokesperson Thandiwe Maimane said by email: "For now the department of... 

UK PM firm on only revealing fate of nuclear project later this month

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2016 The future of Britain’s first major nuclear power plant (NPP) project in two decades, Hinkley Point C, remains uncertain. In July, the new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, took everyone by surprise when she announced a delay in the approval for the project. Hinkley Point C is to be a European... 

Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A leading energy academic, who is opposed to the imminent issuance of a nuclear tender in the absence of an updated generation plan, says he will be paying close attention to whether the request for proposals (RFP) is a “genuine competitive tender for a fixed-price contract”, or simply a process... 

Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks
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Professor Anton Eberhard

Niasa calls for local content in nuclear energy programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th September 2016 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has welcomed the announcement by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson that the request for proposals (RFP) for the procurement of nuclear power stations will start on September 30. It stressed that local content and skills development... 

Opinion: Hybrid nuclear-desalination deployment could transform South Africa’s agricultural fortunes

6th September 2016 A recent article in Engineering News argued that wind and solar could provide the bulk of South Africa’s power at the least cost. Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz argued that building 22 GW of wind and solar capacity and 8 GW of “backup” (in the form of coal and/or gas) was the sensible solution to... 

Opinion: Hybrid nuclear-desalination deployment could transform South Africa’s agricultural fortunes
Tom Blees

Nuclear regulator grants extension for Eskom nuclear site comment period

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2016 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has given State-owned electricity provider Eskom approval to extend the period for comment on its application for a Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, by 30 days. Additionally, the NNR gave Eskom approval to place a... 

Eskom, Transnet say liquidity not immediately affected by Futuregrowth suspension 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom and freight logistics group Transnet insisted on Thursday that their immediate liquidity was not threatened by the announcement by Futuregrowth Asset Management that it was suspending additional loans to six State-owned companies (SoCs), including Eskom and... 

Eskom, Transnet say liquidity not immediately affected by Futuregrowth suspension
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Eskom CFO Anoj Singh

Koeberg Unit 1 reaches 455 days of consecutive operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday marked a milestone for Koeberg power station’s Unit 1 nuclear reactor, which achieved 455 days of continuous operation, surpassing the 2001 record of 454 days. The unit was returned to service on June 2, 2015, after undergoing a maintenance and... 

Koeberg Unit 1 reaches 455 days of consecutive operations

Anti-tax-abuse group says response good to call for submissions on planned nuclear sites

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2016 Civil society group Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) reported on Monday morning that more than 17 000 individual submissions had been made through its web portal, regarding national electricity utility Eskom’s proposed locations for new nuclear power plants (NPP). The organisation affirms... 

Eskom may re-advertise nuclear notices after noncompliant E Cape notice

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom may re-advertise notices relating to its Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontyn, in the Western Cape, having acknowledged that a notice published in the Eastern Cape Provincial Gazette on... 

Eskom may re-advertise nuclear notices after noncompliant E Cape notice

Offshore wind could replace UK’s Hinkley ‘at same cost’

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 Britain could scrap the $23-billion (18-billion pounds) nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point and get the same amount of electricity from offshore wind turbines for roughly the same investment. That’s the assessment of Bloomberg New Energy Finance following Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to... 

Eskom, Outa at odds over nuclear-site licensing notices 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2016 Eskom insists it has complied with the National Nuclear Regulator’s (NNR’s) prescribed processes in its application for Nuclear Installation Site Licences (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. However, a civil society campaigner, Organisation Undoing Tax... 

Eskom, Outa at odds over nuclear-site licensing notices
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One of the proposed sites, Duynefontein, is near to the existing Koeberg plant

Joemat-Pettersson to be quizzed on missing nuclear documents

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will be asked in Parliament next week to account for missing documents in a court case regarding the nuclear energy programme. That is according to Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and shadow energy minister Gordon Mackay on Thursday, who sits on the energy... 

Consulting firm warns of ‘vicious cycle of defection’ from Eskom, municipalities

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The rapid decline in renewables pricing, large-scale battery production and new technologies reducing the price of storage, which will make renewables feasible on a larger scale within 15 years is putting State-owned power utility Eskom at risk of losing electricity demand to the... 

Consulting firm warns of ‘vicious cycle of defection’  from Eskom, municipalities
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CHANGING MODEL Eskom and municipalities could redesign the grid and distribution model to focus on the benefits and generating properties of renewables

Three Eskom senior managers at the Koeberg power station suspended 

By: African News Agency      10th August 2016 Eskom suspended three senior managers at the Koeberg Power Station, the power utility said on Tuesday. “Eskom has placed the Koeberg Power Station Manager and the Plant Manager on precautionary suspension as a result of the distribution of documentation containing unauthorised facts and... 

Three Eskom senior managers at the Koeberg power station suspended

South African becomes deputy head of key international nuclear group

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2016 For the first time, a South African has been elected to be vice-chair of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR). This is despite the fact that South Africa is not a... 

South African becomes deputy head of key international nuclear group
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Tina Eboka (left) and Rilla Hamilton (right)

NNR passes Eskom’s nuclear site applications, further scrutiny to follow

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2016 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has completed the initial review of State-owned Eskom’s nuclear installation site licence (NISL) applications for the Eastern Cape-based Thyspunt site, and the Western Cape-based Duynefontein site. The regulator indicated that the applications, submitted in... 

Hold off nuclear until current projects are complete, Outa urges Eskom  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday urged State-owned power utility Eskom to complete its currently-under-construction Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power stations before embarking on any new mega power station projects, particularly nuclear projects. Outa spokesperson Ted Blom... 

Necsa, unions reach wage agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and labour unions have reached a wage agreement, following months of negotiation. The parties agreed that, effective July 1, employees earning less than R600 000 a year, would receive a 7% increase, as well as a R5 000 one-off payment, while... 

Necsa, unions still in wage negotiations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th July 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Tuesday said it was still engaging with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union and Pelindaba Workers Unions on salary increases and conditions of service. Negotiations started in May, with the unions submitting 11 demands.... 

GE aiming to change coal narrative with high-efficiency power solutions 

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2016 Technology group GE is beginning to actively make the case for clean coal, having concluded that coal-fired generation will remain a major, albeit relatively smaller, part of the future electricity mix in many parts of the world. GE Power global sales and marketing leader for steam power systems,... 

GE aiming to change coal narrative with high-efficiency power solutions
Photo by Duane Daws
Michael Keroullé

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector
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Eskom chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane

Uranium is the dirty underbelly of nuclear – scientist

By: News24Wire      21st July 2016 Antinuclear sentiment tends to focus on nuclear waste or operational risks, but more focus should be on the “dirty underbelly” of uranium mining, according to a science adviser. “Whenever people get excited about nuclear power stations, they kind of forget where the actual uranium comes from,” Dr... 

Recent events show need for 'nuclear rethink' – professor 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2016 South Africa needs to tread carefully if it is to pursue its nuclear build plans, particularly in light of recent events that require a “nuclear rethink”, suggests University of Johannesburg Department of Physics head Hartmut Winkler. Over the past five years, the dynamics of the nuclear... 

New leadership for project management company

15th July 2016 Effective from May, project management consulting and training firm Project Management Solutions (PM Solutions), which is dedicated to helping organisations drive performance and operational efficiency, appointed project management professional (PMP) Dr Al Zeitoun as president of PM Solutions. 

New leadership for project management company
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NUCLEAR POWER Dr Al Zeitoun has worked for nuclear energy company Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation in the United Arab Emirates

South Africa should consider onshore LNG regasification, Fluor argues 

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Global engineering and construction group Fluor argues that South Africa could consider both onshore and offshore storage and regasification options for the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), however it believes that onshore facilities could offer a number of advantages. The South... 

South Africa should consider onshore LNG regasification, Fluor argues
LNG jetty expansion project in Belgium

Black & Veatch eyeing South Africa’s gas-to-power opportunity

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Despite falling electricity demand in South Africa, global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group Black & Veatch remains optimistic about prospects for the country’s power market, as well as energy prospects across Africa, where increased attention is being given to addressing the... 

Black & Veatch eyeing South Africa’s gas-to-power opportunity
Black & Veatch Sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

11th July 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity sector over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme, funding, independent power... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

South Africa backs India’s bid to join Nuclear Suppliers Group 

By: African News Agency      8th July 2016 South African President Jacob Zuma agreed Friday to support India’s controversial bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an international body which controls commerce in nuclear materials and technology. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this at a joint press conference at the... 

WorleyParsons dismisses reports of ties with Rosatom

By: Anine Kilian     1st July 2016 Consultancy firm WorleyParsons has dismissed media reports that suggest it has a close working relationship with Russian nuclear firm Rosatom and the Russian government. The Business Day earlier this week reported that WorleyParsons, which has been appointed as an adviser to the South African... 

Slow economic growth challenges local engineering industry

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Infrastructure projects, consulting and project management services provider Aecom Africa CEO Carlos Poñe tells Engineering News that low economic growth in South Africa is a major challenge for the consulting engineering industry.  

Slow economic growth challenges local engineering industry
EVOLUTION OF ENERGY Aecom is extremely strong in renewables, and very strong in nuclear and in the decommissioning of nuclear plants, including nuclear waste

New nuclear programme localisation target likely to be 50%

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 The South African government is looking at securing a local content level of 50% in the country’s proposed new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. This was stated recently by South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) Board Chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm at a press briefing at the Necsa... 

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