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Opinion: PBMRs could be built in old power stations due to be decommissioned

25th May 2017 The African Utility week saw an important and welcome announcement. Eskom’s Chief nuclear officer revealed that Eskom was reconsidering the Pebble Bed Modular reactor (PBMR). For whatever reason, work on this ground-breaking project was stopped by the South African Government in 2010. The latest... 

Advances in PBMR designs demonstrate possible cost, efficiency benefits – Eskom

19th May 2017 Advances have been made in the new Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) design, which show promise for being both cheaper and less complicated than previous designs, says Eskom. The design for PBMRs were initially developed in South Africa. Research into PBMRs was mothballed in 2010, but has since... 

Thyspunt nuclear power plant would bring great benefits to the region – CDC

18th May 2017 The Eastern Cape is holding out hope that the planned Thyspunt nuclear power plant will be built in the province despite the nuclear deal being put on ice for now. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) energy business development manager Sandisiwe Ncemane said the plant would hold great economic... 

No corruption in nuclear negotiations, Eskom chief nuclear officer assures

18th May 2017 Eskom’s chief nuclear officer David Nicholls is still firmly committed to the principle that nuclear is the way to go for a sustainable energy future and says he knows of no corruption in negotiations on a deal to procure new nuclear energy capacity. “I’ve been in the middle of this deal for... 
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South Africa participates in international astronomy programme

Astronomers from around the world, including South Africa, will attempt to study the rings of an exoplanet orbiting a star 63.4 light years away from earth. The international programme, being conducted between April 2017 and January 2018, would have astronomers observing Beta Pictoris, the second... 

Nhlanhla Nene appointed as chairperson of new investment firm, Arise

Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was on Tuesday appointed to the supervisory board of newly-formed Cape Town-based investment firm, Arise. Nene was fired as finance minister by President Jacob Zuma in December 2015 with a promise of a position at the Brics bank which never materialised. He... 
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