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Outa calls for judicial enquiry into Eskom’s affairs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday called for a full judicial commission of enquiry into State-owned Eskom's affairs, following the release of a redacted version of the so-called Dentons report into corruption at the parastatal. International legal firm Dentons conducted a... 

High-powered speakers lined up for Nuclear Africa

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th February 2017 South Africa’s nuclear programme has attracted a great deal of public interest. This has ranged from serious scientific and engineering interest to the emotional attacks of the extreme antinuclear lobby. The antinuclear crowd does not comprise South Africa only; there are Germans, Americans and... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

NATURAL PREOCCUPATION

     17th February 2017 French Minister of Finance and Economy Michel Sapin says it is natural for South Africa to be preoccupied with the issue of nuclear affordability; an issue that he confirmed was raised during his February 3 meeting with South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. He used the meeting to offer... 

South Africans appointed to top nuclear positions abroad and at home

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General (DG) Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE). Tshelane will serve as a member of the Group for two years. The Group... 

Watching brief

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The closure and possible liquidation of an Eastern Cape wind-tower manufacturing facility only four years after it opened raises serious questions about whether business can truly rely on government policy as a basis for making investment decisions. Operations at the plant have been suspended... 

NIASA headlines Nuclear Forum at Africa Energy Indaba

     16th February 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa is proud to announce its headline sponsorship of the Nuclear Forum at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba.   The Nuclear Forum has secured the participation of leading local and global players. (Please refer to programme for more details), who will... 

Power & Electricity World Africa 2017

     15th February 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... 

Revised IRP to go back to Cabinet by early spring – energy department

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 The Integrated Resource Plan should be finalised by August or September, depending on Cabinet’s reception of the energy blueprint, the director-general of the department of energy said on Tuesday. “It will not be before June this year, but it might be by July, August. But then if Cabinet says go... 

Shandong Iraeta to receive world’s biggest ring rolling machine from SMS group

     13th February 2017 Shandong Iraeta Heavy Industry Co., Ltd, China, has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for the supply of a newly developed ring rolling machine for the production of seamlessly rolled rings. With this radial-axial ring rolling machine, SMS group is entering entirely new dimensions.... 

Renewables sector welcomes Presidency’s support of renewables

By: Anine Kilian     10th February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the Presidency’s clear support for the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). During his State of the Nation address on Thursday night, President Jacob Zuma announced that State-owned... 

Cameco expects lower revenue for 2017 after market headwinds lead to disappointing 2016 results

By: Henry Lazenby     10th February 2017 Canadian uranium producer Cameco expects 2017 revenue to fall further to between C$1.95-billion and C$2.08-billion, based on currently committed sales volumes being weighed down by a decrease in average realised prices in the uranium segment as a result of lower prices under both fixed and... 

Leave the science of climate change to scientists

By: Kelvin Kemm     10th February 2017 I saw on television that Prince Charles has just brought out a booklet on climate change, designed to teach people about the issue. The book is written by him and two academics, supposedly. No doubt, that means that the other two wrote it and he put his name on the top of the author list. 

Gauteng aims to introduce greener freight logistics

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2017 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Thursday signed a joint declaration of intent with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety for cooperation in the field of green logistics. The German ministry had previously commissioned... 

If the future really is nuclear, Niger says it is ready for it

By: African News Agency      8th February 2017 Investing in mining production in Niger might sound a little like playing in the traffic with razor blades but delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba heard on Tuesday, that it is a lot better bet than it sounds on a number of levels. The country’s Mines and Energy Minister Moussa... 

Nuclear industry association announces deputy president of board

By: Keith Campbell     7th February 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) announced on Tuesday that Sandisiwe Ncemane has been appointed deputy president of its board with effect from January 1. She is a professional engineer with a Master of Engineering (Engineering Management) degree from the University of... 

Roytec Global

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2017 South Africa-based liquid/solid and mineral separation equipment supplier Roytec Global is a leader in the supply of thickening, filtration and mineral floatation technologies for the mining industry. Roytec is passionate about service excellence and prides itself on living up to its promises.  

The big questions when Ministers meet on renewables standoff

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2017 When the Ministers responsible for seeking resolution to the current impasse in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector meet this month, they will be expected to weigh the serious legal and policy implications of backtracking from a Ministerial determination – as well as from one of the country’s... 

Despite subdued uranium prices, GoviEx remains upbeat about industry’s prospects

By: Ilan Solomons     6th February 2017 Although uranium prices remain weak, Canadian mineral resources company GoviEx Uranium CEO Daniel Major believes they are turning the corner. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, on Monday, Major acknowledged that the past few years had been... 

SA Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO appointed to global advisory group

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2017 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE), it was announced on Sunday. Tshelane will serve as a member of the group for two... 

While coal remains important, its future is uncertain – Prevost

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 Although the world still needs coal, particularly for power generation, it is an unloved commodity that is facing a myriad of challenges from different forces, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. Speaking at IHS Markit’s 2017 South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town,... 

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

Koeberg contract and SA’s covert nuclear arms programme

By: Jade Davenport     3rd February 2017 One of the most fascinating aspects of the construction of South Africa’s first nuclear energy project, the 1 800 MW Koeberg power station, in the Western Cape – and an aspect that will always differentiate it from any future nuclear build programme in the country – was that it was undertaken at... 

Power narratives

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2017 Those who have always been cautious about believing what they read arguably possess a genuine edge in this era of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘post-truth politics’. Our skills of discernment are being stretched to the limit amid a social-media explosion, which is rewriting the rules of engagement.... 

Cameco stocks fall as it disputes Tepco's supply contract cancellation

By: Henry Lazenby     1st February 2017 Canada’s largest uranium producer Cameco on Wednesday said it would move quickly to enforce its rights under a uranium supply contract with Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco), after the utility issued a termination notice. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Cameco said it saw no basis for... 

Eskom receives 27 nuclear RFI ‘acknowledgement’ forms

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2017 South African electricity utility Eskom has confirmed receipt of 27 ‘acknowledgement forms’ formally notifying the State-owned group of an intention to respond to its Nuclear New Build Programme request for information (RFI). It has also confirmed that notifications were received from major... 

Eskom ‘back in business’ for large power users

     31st January 2017 Eskom says large power users can now launch their growth plans with confidence, thanks to the utility’s turnaround strategy delivering an operational surplus capacity. Speaking at the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa industry reception event in Johannesburg last week, Eskom interim group chief... 

Rio unit born in Death Valley is retooled for battery boom

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2017 During the financial crisis,  Rio Tinto Group needed cash and tried to unload its oldest mining business – one that began in 1872 hauling borates salts by mule from Death Valley to make US laundry soap. The company gave up on a sale because no one would pay the asking price. A decade later, the... 

Opinion: How Minister Brown can address Eskom’s conflicting interests 

     30th January 2017 In this article, Mark Pickering argues that the short answer to the current impasse between Eskom and renewables generators is to instruct Eskom to comply with the law and sign the agreements. The longer answer, however, will involve a more complex restructuring of the utility. 

Magnis finds a Russian partner

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th January 2017 Graphite developer Magnis Resources has signed a project financing and offtake memorandum of understanding (MoU) for super jumbo and jumbo flake graphite from its Nachu project, in Tanzania. Magnis said on Monday that it would work with Russia’s Rosatom International Network to formalise an... 

On-The-Air (27/01/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2017 Innovative waste-to-energy plants have been launched by two of South Africa’s biggest cities in as many months; France this week formally declared its intention to respond to Eskom’s nuclear overture of December 20; and South Africa’s first fuel cell plant is to be launched in Cape Town next month. 

The nuclear contract that rocked the Dutch

By: Jade Davenport     27th January 2017 In the closing weeks of 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom announced that it would be moving ahead with the decision to invite bids to build six nuclear reactors, which are projected to add 9 600 MW of capacity to the national grid in the coming decades. While Eskom’s insistence on pursuing a... 

Uranium output forecast to hit 76 493 t in 2020 – report

By: Henry Lazenby     26th January 2017 New analysis by research and consulting firm GlobalData has forecast global uranium output to rise at a compound yearly growth rate of 4.3%, to 76 493 t in 2020. The company’s latest report states that growth in production is needed to meet upcoming demand from new reactors. 

France’s EDF declares intention to respond to Eskom’s nuclear RFI

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2017 The French nuclear industry, led by electricity utility EDF, formally declared its intention on Wednesday to submit a response to the Nuclear New Build Programme request for information (RFI), which was released by South Africa’s Eskom on December 20. The announcement by EDF followed reports that... 

South Africa slightly improves score in corruption perceptions index, rank drops

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2017 While South Africa slightly improved its score in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2016 from 44 to 45, its rank in relation to all 176 countries reviewed fell three points to 64. Global civil society organisation Transparency International’s CPI score refers to the perceived level of... 

Opinion: Billions can be saved by building gas turbines ahead of solar and wind 

     24th January 2017 In this opinion piece, Professor Dawid Serfontein enters the debate on the costs and benefits of South Africa’s renewable-energy fleet, responds to recent media articles on the matter and makes the case for a revision to the sequence in which new generation technologies are added to the... 

SA can save billions by building gas turbines first, then PV-solar and wind

     24th January 2017 Dawid Serfontein, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, North-West University. This is a response to the Fin 24 article Koko unpacks Eskom’s renewable costs, but experts disagree (17 Jan.). I am impressed with the dramatic reductions in the prices of PV-solar,... 

Opinion: South Africa at an electricity crossroads 

     23rd January 2017 In this commentary, independent economic consultant Rob Jeffrey cautions that a future electricity mix which relies heavily on wind and limits the contribution of coal could undermine South Africa’s plans for addressing unemployment and poverty 

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