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OPINION: Enabling renewable energy with flexibility

     Updated 2 hours 6 minutes ago In this thought leadership article, Wärtsilä's Wayne Glossop explores the issue of building flexibility into the South African power system as the penetration of renewable energy rises  

Paladin launches arbitration against Langer Heinrich JV partner

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 3 hours ago Dual-listed Paladin Energy on Thursday launched arbitration proceedings against joint venture (JV) partner China National Nuclear Corporation’s (CNNC’s) Overseas Uranium Holdings subsidiary to seek orders and declarations regarding the sale of the Langer Heinrich mine (LHM), in Namibia’s Erongo... 

Exosun, Lesedi partner to offer localised solar tracking solutions in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated 6 hours ago Global supplier of solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants Exosun and South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services have entered into a partnership to provide localised solar tracking systems in South Africa. “Lesedi will... 

EU watchdog approves Berkeley uranium sale

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st March 2017 The governing body for all nuclear fuel transactions in the European Union has given consent for ASX-listed Berkeley Energia to sell uranium from its Salamanca mine, in Spain. Berkeley Energia in November of last year inked a sales agreement with Curzon Resources for a total of two-million... 

Niger's Parliament to investigate 'uraniumgate' sale

By: Reuters     20th March 2017 Niger's lower house of parliament voted unanimously on Friday to investigate accusations that President Mahamadou Issoufou's former chief of staff improperly participated in the state mining company's purchase of 5.5-million pounds of uranium. A Nigerien newspaper published documents last month... 

Industry needs a trade association to stabilise and grow  

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Establishing a dominant instrumentation and control trade association in South Africa could help the local industry grow and mitigate possible absorption by international competitors, says Architects Integrating Industry (Ai2SA) MD Petrus Klopper. 

Kemm has become conflicted

     17th March 2017 Editor – I refer to an article by Dr Kelvin Kemm, headlined 'High-powered speakers lined up for Nuclear Africa' and published in the February 17 edition of Engineering News. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

San Onofre nuclear generating station decommissioning project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The San Onofre nuclear generating station is one of the largest commercial nuclear plant decommissioning projects to date in the US. 

UK Minister forecasts major nuclear expansion over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, at the... 

Eskom, CDC sign MoU in preparation for possible Thyspunt nuclear build

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2017 As South Africa “gears up” for its Nuclear New Build Programme (NNBP), State-owned power utility Eskom has joined hands with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as its partner on the ground at the preferred Thyspunt site, in the Eastern Cape, for the construction of the programme’s first... 

WA uranium miners seek Labor support

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2017 The uranium sector has urged Western Australia’s newly elected Premier Mark McGowan to keep an open mind when it comes to uranium mining in the state. Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) executive director for uranium Daniel Zavattiero said this week that, since the ban on uranium mining in... 

'Irrational' uranium prices making life tough, even for world-class juniors 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The resource investment market’s fixation on uranium spot prices and fewer majors operating in the space are making life difficult for uranium exploration juniors, even those such as Fission Uranium that have made world-class discoveries in one of the best jurisdictions in the world. Speaking to... 

ANC wants Presidency to have more powers to allocate State resources

By: News24Wire      13th March 2017 The frican National Congress (ANC) has proposed that the Presidency be strengthened to become a "strategic centre of power" in government, driving resource allocation within the state. This is one of the key proposals in the governing party’s policy document on legislature and governance released... 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

The myth about wind and solar energy

By: Kelvin Kemm     10th March 2017 For a long time now, I have wondered why many journalists and others believe the claim that solar and wind, as energy sources, employ more people than nuclear or other sources and that, therefore, they are good.  Firstly, this is just not true, but far more important is the fact that such a trend... 

Power & Electricity World Africa 2017

     9th March 2017 Africa’s largest power and electricity show - Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 celebrates its 20th anniversary. The show welcomes over 7000 attendees and hosts a mecca of solution providers spanning 3 halls and thousands of square meters. Taking place in Johannesburg South Africa, this is a... 

Earthlife’s application to stop nuclear waste smelter construction fails

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 Environmental activist organisation Earthlife Africa has lost a court application against the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) to stop the construction and use of a small nuclear waste smelter. On Tuesday, Judge Pierre Rabie dismissed Earthlife’s application in the High Court in... 

Brokk Acquires Aquajet Systems AB

     8th March 2017 Brokk, the world’s leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, recently acquired Aquajet Systems AB, the world’s leading manufacturer of hydrodemolition robots. The acquisition expands the application solutions offered by Brokk in the construction and demolition industry.... 

‘What a difference a year makes’ – analysts outline mostly strong commodity fundamentals despite uncertainty

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2017 “What a difference a year makes,” John Butcher, principal economist at commodity consultancy Wood Mackenzie exclaimed during a technical programme at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s yearly convention this week. While global economic growth came in at a disappointing 2.3% in... 

SA’s nuclear build initiative now rolling

By: Kelvin Kemm     3rd March 2017 The South African nuclear power procurement programme is now rolling. The long-awaited formal start, as far as the international community is concerned, occurred on December 14, when a request for information (RfI) was issued.  What this document did was that it asked any company worldwide to... 

What can we tell of Eskom’s future from the Denton report?

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd March 2017 The debate on the independent power producer (IPP) programme can serve as a useful distraction, and power utility Eskom is exploiting it to the full. The problem is not the IPPs, and they never will be. IPPs are a scapegoat to obfuscate the many long-term multiple challenges Eskom faces, which it... 

New minerals back idea of man-made epoch for Earth – study

By: Reuters     1st March 2017 Scientists have identified more than 200 minerals created as side-effects of human industries in a sign that mankind's imprint on the Earth is so deep that it marks a new geological epoch, a study said on Wednesday. Rare chemical combinations such as those found in mines, ore dumps or smelters... 

Lack of reskilling of coal miners, truckers a concern – Greenpeace

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2017 In light of industrial action by truck drivers in the coal transportation sector on Wednesday morning, in protest at Eskom's expected signing of power purchase agreements with more independent power producers, which they believe threaten their jobs, Greenpeace Africa campaigner Nhlanhla Sibisi... 

Nearly £1-trillion to be invested in nuclear energy globally over 20 years 

By: Keith Campbell     1st March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, on... 

Cameco may cut uranium output further, as prices stay low – CEO

By: Reuters     28th February 2017 Canada’s Cameco, the world’s second-biggest uranium producer, said on Tuesday it may not be finished cutting production as prices remain low after a major customer cancelled a supply contract. Spot prices of uranium, used to fuel nuclear reactors, dipped to a 13-year low late last year and have... 

Ninth Africa Energy Indaba shows growth, pointing to the energy opportunity in Africa 28th February 2017

     28th February 2017 The ninth annual Africa Energy Indaba delivered a successful week of strategic engagements, an exhibition and networking functions. The debates and discussions provided opportunity to African and national energy players in attendance that were seeking new opportunities to unlock energy access... 

Cameco’s Port Hope facility secures 10yr operating licence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th February 2017 The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has granted TSX- and NYSE-listed Cameco a ten-year operating licence for its conversion facility in Port Hope, Ontario. The licence expires on February 28, 2027. 

Russian nuclear deal places massive liability on South Africans 

By: News24Wire      27th February 2017 A nuclear agreement with Russia has far-reaching consequences for the budget the Western Cape High Court heard on Friday, as it places all liability for a nuclear accident on South Africa, while indemnifying Russia completely. David Unterhalter, SC, appearing for Earthlife Africa and the Southern... 

Climate change a 100% robust hoodwink 

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th February 2017   I had to explain to somebody that the United States in 1945 dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan. The first bomb was a uranium atom bomb. The second bomb was a plutonium bomb. Following the detonation of these devices USA, Britain, France, Russia developed programs to test bombs of increasing... 

Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project, England

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 The project will involve the construction, operation and maintenance of a new nuclear power station. 

Kenya reins in 5 000 MW power plan amid surplus worries

By: John Muchira     24th February 2017 The Kenya has shelved plans to increase installed electricity generation capacity to 5 000 MW in the immediate future is it is concerned that this could leave the country with excess capacity Previously, the East African country intended to implement a "5 000 MW by 2018 project" to attract... 

Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2017 The steep decline in wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) costs means that South Africa will not need to make the traditional trade-off between investing in either clean or least-cost electricity production, as the “cost-optimal mix” for South Africa is now also the cleanest, research conducted by... 

Manufacturing sector to benefit from nuclear new build programme – Lesedi

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Government and the broader public should realise that nuclear is “the right way to go” to meet South Africa’s future energy needs, says Lesedi Nuclear Services CEO Francis Carruthers, adding that the nuclear new build programme will hold significant downstream benefits in terms of local... 

Nuclear deal – The calm before the storm? 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 National Treasury’s 2017 Budget Review and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s speech kept a wide berth from mentioning nuclear energy, following President Jacob Zuma’s cue in his 2017 State of the Nation Address.As anti-nuclear energy protesters chanted "no, no nuclear power" outside Parliament on... 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more  

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more than anticipated in 2016, National Treasury revealed in its 2017 Budget Review on Wednesday. Even as Eskom’s financial performance improved in 2015/16 as a result of a 12.7% tariff hike and a revenue increase by R10.5-billion to R161-billion, it... 

Coordination key to successful nuclear new build programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 There is a pressing need for a clear definition of the roles different governmental departments, power utility Eskom and other industry participants will play in the nuclear new build programme, as there is a currently “chaos around who is doing what job”. This was the overall theme that emerged... 

Germany shares its renewable-energy lessons

By: Kim Cloete     21st February 2017 Germany is on an all-out campaign to decarbonise its energy system, with plans to slice carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80% to 90% by 2050. It has identified hydrogen as an essential part of decarbonising its energy system. 

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