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Hazelton Pumps, Weir Minerals win big at Seifsa Awards for Excellence

     Updated 8 minutes ago Family-owned Hazelton Pumps and engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals were the big winners at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence. Almost 100 guests representing small and large companies in the metals and engineering sector... 

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... 

NNR CEO elected president of nuclear safety convention review meeting

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been elected to serve as president of the sixth review meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management and Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. The joint convention was adopted on September 5, 1997, and... 

MCA calls for nuclear energy in Australia

     24th May 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has urged the Australian government to consider nuclear energy in the nation’s future. Speaking at the Paydirt South Australian Resources and Energy Investment conference, MCA’s executive director for uranium, Daniel Zavattiero, said that Australia’s... 

Westinghouse reaches deal for $800m US bankruptcy loan

By: Reuters     24th May 2017 Westinghouse Electric Co told a US court on Tuesday the nuclear power company had reached a deal to borrow $800-million after allaying creditors' concerns that the money would be flowing to non-bankrupt affiliates overseas. Westinghouse, a unit of Japan's Toshiba Corp, filed for bankruptcy in... 

Western Cape declared disaster area to repriotise funding

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 The Western Cape was on Monday declared a disaster area, with local government implementing drastic interventions to relieve the distressing water shortage in the province. This includes the drilling of boreholes at hospitals, starting in the metro, and followed by schools in high-risk water... 

Adam retires as Niasa president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) will, in due course, announce a successor to nuclear physicist Dr Rob Adam, who retired last week as president. Adam, who served as Niasa president for the past decade, is currently SKA telescope project CEO and a past South African Nuclear... 

SA to start renegotiating nuclear accords next month – Energy Minister 

By: African News Agency      19th May 2017 The South African government will start renegotiating its inter-governmental agreements on nuclear cooperation with five nations, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said on Friday. This comes after the government decided last week not to appeal a high court ruling that effectively halted... 

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

By: Kim Cloete     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... 

Industry leaders warn of loss in investments in renewables sector

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 Following State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision last year not to sign a number of contracts with independent power producers (IPP) and the delay in doing so since, industry leaders are warning that a loss in investments in the renewables sector could lead to a severe plateau in... 

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

By: Kim Cloete     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 

By: Kim Cloete     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... 

Gas-to-power essential for South Africa’s future energy mix - Siemens

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2017 With a fall in gas prices and a stagnant economy, gas-fired power plants may not be as attractive an option as they were a few years ago, but they will still form a vital part of South Africa’s energy mix in future, believes Siemens. Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo said... 

Ingeteam to exhibit at AWEA WINDPOWER 2017 after enjoying steady growth in U.S. market

     17th May 2017 Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, announced today that it will present its full range of wind energy drive train products at AWEA WIND POWER. Ingeteam reported record performance last year, with deliveries reaching a peak volume of 5 GW of new capacity... 

Kubayi expresses support for 3 700 MW gas-to-power vision amid IPP uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi expressed her support on Tuesday for the country’s proposed gas-to-power programme, assuring delegates to a conference in Cape Town that government intended proceeding in line with the existing “vision and policy objectives” for gas infrastructure. “Over the past... 

Necsa signs skills-related MoU with French utility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and French electric utility company Electricité de France (EDF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance training of and development of technical skills and, for the continuous education and training of technicians, in the... 

Why the future of Africa’s water and oil sectors is a key focus of INDUTEC 2017

     15th May 2017 From pumping systems designed in a 3D virtual world to the world’s biggest pipe producer – for three days this week Johannesburg is home to cutting edge innovation. Africa’s leading industrial technology and supply expo INDUTEC 2017 opens its doors at 10am on Wednesday (May 17). INDUTEC is also... 

DoE won’t appeal nuclear ruling, but Kubayi leaves door open for new nuclear determination ahead of IRP update 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced on Saturday that government would not appeal the April 26 ruling of the Western Cape High Court, which declared the processes hitherto used to procure new nuclear capacity to be unconstitutional and illegal, along with three nuclear-related... 

Atomic agency looks to increase assistance to nuclear hopefuls

     12th May 2017 Nuclear energy organisation, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom have reached an agreement that is aimed at strengthening IAEA assistance to member States that are considering introducing or expanding nuclear power programmes. Under... 

Court ruling means new approach needed for SA’s nuclear programme

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) called for “caution and common sense” in the press release it issued on April 28 in response to the Western Cape High Court judgement on April 26, which set aside as unconstitutional and unlawful certain policy decisions and intergovernmental... 

Focus on future uranium tech amid subdued price

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 With innovations in the extraction and application of uranium constantly being made, the Uranium 2017 International Conference will provide a platform for the discussion of advances in the industry and a forum for generating new ideas. 

Nuclear energy provides secure, clean, affordable baseload power

By: Nadine James     12th May 2017 Nuclear energy is the only provider of secure, reliable, clean and affordable baseload power that, from a total lifecycle cost perspective, offers one of the most affordable electricity sources, states the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa). Niasa supply chain development... 

Nuclear is too expensive, too controversial

By: Nadine James     12th May 2017 Implementing a nuclear build programme in South Africa would be extremely difficult because of the associated expenses as well as the controversy surrounding nuclear power, says financial services company Thomson Reuters. “Globally, government decisions regarding nuclear programmes are delayed... 

Warning issued that nuclear ruling may pose risk to legality of IPP programmes 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2017 The recent nuclear ruling, which set aside the Ministerial determinations designed to facilitate the procurement of nuclear power stations, may also carry risks for the legality of the various independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes, which are proceeding on the basis of... 

Junk status to increase nonpayment in construction industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 The already high risk of nonpayment in the local construction industry is set to escalate further, owing to South Africa’s recent downgrades by international ratings agencies impacting on the industry’s credit costs, MDA Attorneys’ Chris Bennett has warned. He notes that the “first to feel the... 

Gold less prone to turmoil as ETF cash eases price swings

By: Bloomberg     9th May 2017 In times of trouble, gold has long been a popular haven for investors expecting that more volatility will increase the value of the commodity. But lately, it’s taking more than threats of war or terrorist attacks to get much of a reaction from the bullion market. Price swings for the precious... 

Iran's Rouhani faces anguished coal miners after fatal explosion

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2017 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani faced anguished miners Sunday as he visited a coal mine where an explosion last week killed more than three dozen men. Rouhani, the moderate cleric seeking re-election May 19, “insisted” on traveling to northern Golestan province to review the disaster and speak... 

Kazakhstan offers to sell Brazil uranium

By: Reuters     6th May 2017 Kazakhstan is offering to sell uranium to Brazil to cover the shortage of fuel for its atomic energy programme and help the South American nation explore its large reserves of uranium ore, a senior Kazak official said on Friday. "We proposed the participation of Kazakhstan in tenders for the... 

Paladin to proceed with potential Langer Heinrich mine sale

By: Henry Lazenby     6th May 2017 ASX- and TSX-listed uranium miner Paladin Energy has agreed to allow an independent valuation process to move forward regarding the sale of its 75%-stake in the Langer Heinrich mine (LHM), in Namibia’s Erongo region, to joint venture (JV) partner China National Nuclear Corporation’s (CNNC’s)... 

Electric cars

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th May 2017 Michael Douglas, the actor starred in the 1987 film, Wall Street, played Gordon Gecko, who decreed that "greed is good". In the sequel to the film, Gekko, in 2000, is released from prison after serving eight years for insider trading and securities fraud. He is handed his possessions, which were... 

Believe me, SA has all the water we need

By: Kelvin Kemm     5th May 2017 Winter is approaching and, for us folks in the highland areas of South Africa, such as Gauteng, Limpopo, the North West, the Free State and other provinces, this means that nights become cold. We are blessed in this country because the winter days in these areas have no clouds. This means that... 

Claims for 100% renewable electricity too sanguine, study asserts 

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 In a paper published in “Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews” Volume 76, four Australian researchers have warned that published modelled scenarios which affirm that an electricity system based entirely on renewable energy sources is possible are significantly underestimating the challenges... 

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event

     5th May 2017 Conference and exhibition African Utility Week, held in Cape Town from May 16 to 18, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry... 

Political entrepreneurship in the energy sector

By: Saliem Fakir     5th May 2017 The expediency for rent-seeking that comes with large capital infrastructure projects is always lurking behind the scenes. The extent to which long fingers can grab as much as possible is largely dependent on procurement design and the ability to complete projects on budget. The more the cost... 

South Africa’s junk status problematic for power sector

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 South Africa’s recent demotion to credit rating junk status is immediately and directly affecting the country’s power supply. South Africans should not “bluff themselves” as the country’s newfound status can become a huge problem says audit, tax and advisory services company KPMG advisory head De... 

Utility expo to highlight off-grid project developments

By: David Oliveira     5th May 2017 African Utility Week, taking place from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town, will showcase how the continent is creating innovative, home-grown solutions for its energy and water challenges, and how these are creating opportunities for utilities and industry suppliers. The event will give voice to the... 

The consequences of the Western Cape High Court's ruling on South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme 

     4th May 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the immediate and longer term consequences of the Western Cape High Court’s ruling on South Africa’s nuclear procurement process. 

Gigaba says return to investment grade rating possible 

By: Reuters     4th May 2017 South Africa can regain its investment-grade rating without compromising on promises to transform the economy for the benefit of its black majority, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. Africa's most industrialised economy suffered two credit ratings downgrades to "junk" last month... 

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