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Nuclear News

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... 

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... 

Eskom takes city to court over Wescape development

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 Eskom has slammed the decision of Anton Bredell, the provincial minister of local government, environmental affairs and development, and the Cape Town City Council to amend the urban edge to include land for the Wescape development on the west coast. The power utility has taken Bredell and the... 

Eskom unveils new nuclear operator training programme with formal launch

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2016 National electricity utility Eskom has announced that it started training some 100 recruits as nuclear operators on May 1. This Nuclear Project 100 initiative was formally launched on Thursday by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. The training is taking place at the Koeberg nuclear power... 

Eskom unveils new nuclear operator training programme with formal launch
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

S Africa’s localisation target for its new nuclear programme likely to be 50% 

By: Keith Campbell     8th 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 on Tuesday by South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) Board Chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm at a press briefing at the Necsa... 

S Africa’s localisation target for its new nuclear programme likely to be 50%
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Necsa chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm

French nuclear envoy expects ‘spring’ release of South Africa’s much-debated RFP

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 The French remain optimistic that South Africa’s nuclear request for proposals (RFP), which was initially expected for release before the end of March, will be issued before the end of the year, probably during South Africa’s “spring”, or France’s “fall”. Special envoy of the French President for... 

French nuclear envoy expects ‘spring’ release of South Africa’s much-debated RFP
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Special nuclear envoy of the French President Dr Pascal Colombani

Nuclear needed to meet climate change targets – expert

By: Reuters     31st May 2016 Nuclear power is needed to meet the climate change targets set at the recent COP 21 climate summit in Paris, Jacques Regaldo, chairperson of the World Association of Nuclear Operators said at the opening of the AtomExpo in Moscow on Monday. Referring to the 20 th anniversary of the Chernobyl... 

Nuclear needed to meet climate change targets – expert

Global nuclear agency ready to help African countries adopt atomic power

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, has reaffirmed his organisation's readiness to help African countries adopt nuclear energy, if they wish to. "Your country [South Africa] is the only established user of nuclear power [in Africa]. Other countries... 

Safcei prepared to go to ConCourt over ‘secret’ nuclear deal 

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2016 An environmental group locked in a legal battle with government over its nuclear procurement plans said on Monday that it is prepared to take the matter all the way to the Constitutional Court. Speaking after a fundraising breakfast to raise funds for the court battle, Southern African Faith... 

Safcei prepared to go to ConCourt over ‘secret’ nuclear deal

Call for more certainty on nuclear energy in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     20th May 2016 Nuclear experts are anxious to get to the request for proposals (RFP) stage in the nuclear build plan for South Africa. “Let’s get this RFP to vendors to see what they can offer and what the costs will be. Over the past few years, we have got closer and closer to this point and are ready to take... 

Call for more certainty on nuclear energy in South Africa

Govt misses court deadline on nuclear plan

By: News24Wire      19th May 2016 The government failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case with leading environmentalists and activists who claim that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government's nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament. In October last year,... 

Govt misses court deadline on nuclear plan

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 While State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged the importance of renewable energy as a way of producing better and cheaper energy, it maintains that nuclear will still be needed as baseload energy in years to come. Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo told delegates at... 

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom
Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo

New nuclear project financing discussed at conference in France

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) secretary-general Angel Gurría has called for a level playing field for all low-carbon electricity generating technologies in energy markets. He was delivering the opening address at an international conference in Paris on Wednesday, on... 

Energy sector headed in a positive direction

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations contributing about 10 GW jointly at full operation, global consulting firm KPMG believes the Department of Energy is proactively working towards reaching the National Development Plan’s (NDP) 2030 goal of having about 17 GW... 

Global body stands ready to help African countries adopt nuclear power

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2016 The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukio Amano, on Wednesday reaffirmed his organisation's readiness to help African countries adopt nuclear energy, if they wish to. "Your country [South Africa] is the only established user of nuclear power [in Africa]. Other... 

Global body stands ready to help African countries adopt nuclear power
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IAEA DG Yukio Amano

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2016 The world’s hunger for energy is insatiable and is expected to rise by about 48% between 2012 and 2040 – an increase of about 1.4% a year, as global economies grow and populations expand. The US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday published its updated projections of... 

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

Nuclear RFP will yield ‘binding’ financial information – Minister 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told lawmakers on Wednesday that the upcoming nuclear request for proposal (RFP) would enable South Africa to secure the “binding commercial and financial information” required to allow Cabinet to take a final decision on how best to implement the proposed... 

Nuclear RFP will yield ‘binding’ financial information – Minister
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Nuclear awareness low, rational debate needed in South Africa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2016 The general perceptions, often misinformed, surrounding nuclear development and South Africa’s nuclear programme need to be unpacked and clarified, so that citizens can make their own informed decisions, rationally, around the subject, industry proponents urged on Friday. South Africa’s ambitions... 

Nuclear awareness low, rational debate needed in South Africa
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Necsa chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm

There is a business case for nuclear in South Africa, says Necsa CEO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2016 Government’s proposed 9.6 GW nuclear build programme has a place in South Africa, with new research showing that its base case cost could be lower than that of coal-fired power generation, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane said on Friday. He noted that the... 

There is a business case for nuclear in South Africa, says Necsa CEO

Westinghouse outlines to ConCourt why it should be awarded Koeberg contract

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2016 Nuclear vendor Westinghouse has described as “alarmist” Eskom’s argument that the existing steam generators at Koeberg would pose a safety threat after 2018, arguing in an affidavit filed with the Constitutional Court that it is able to install replacement steam generators well before the end of... 

Westinghouse outlines to ConCourt why it should be awarded Koeberg contract

African countries have major nuclear ambitions

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 Eleven African countries are considering building nuclear power plants over the next 14 years to overcome the continent’s extreme electricity shortage. Outside South Africa, the entire installed generation capacity of Sub-Saharan Africa was now just 28 GW – equivalent to that of Argentina – Anton... 

African countries have major nuclear ambitions

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