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Nuclear News

Construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant can now start

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st July 2022 Construction of the first unit (that is, reactor) of Egypt’s El Dabaa nuclear power plant (NPP) has been licenced by the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA), World Nuclear News has reported. The permit was issued to the country’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA).... 

Manufacturer now offers new stainless steel braided hose

1st July 2022 Earlier this year, industrial hose specialist Truco announced it had started manufacturing stainless steel braided hose at its Chamdor campus in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Initial capabilities are for hose assemblies from 6 mm to 25 cm in diameter. 

A reel of stainless steel braided hose which is impervious to fire chemicals and pressure
STEELING THE SHOW The new sheet braided hose offered by Truco is ideal for use across a range of industries

IEA backs nuclear life extensions as Koeberg pushes ahead with 20-year plan

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2022 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has come out in support of nuclear plant lifetime extension programmes, as Eskom pushes ahead with its plans to extend the life of the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape. A new IEA report, titled ‘Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions’,... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
The Koeberg nuclear power station

US to help fund study for deployment of small modular nuclear reactors in Romania

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2022 The administration of US President Joe Biden is to provide 50% of the funding for a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study for the deployment of a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR), designed by US company NuScale, in Romania. The US contribution will be disbursed through the US Trade and... 

Nasa and US Department of Energy award contracts to develop lunar nuclear power systems

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2022 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) announced on Tuesday that three proposed design concepts for nuclear fission power on the surface of the Moon had been selected for further development. Nasa was working jointly with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop nuclear... 

A lunar nuclear fission surface power concept
Photo by Nasa
A lunar nuclear fission surface power concept

European Union seeking radioactive power for space missions

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2022 Belgium-based international engineering and consultancy group Tractebel has been selected to head a research and innovation consortium, designated Pulsar, to conduct research into dynamic radioactive power systems (RPS), on behalf of the European Union (EU). The RPS being researched would be... 

An artist’s impression of ESA’s proposed Moon Village
Photo by European Space Agency
An artist’s impression of ESA’s proposed Moon Village

Two European Parliament Committees reject inclusion of nuclear in EU’s future energy plan

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2022 Two European Parliament committees have voted against the European Commission’s plan to include nuclear energy and gas in the European Union’s (EU’s) future energy taxonomy. (The European Commission is the EU’s executive body.) The two committees concerned are the Economic and Monetary Affairs... 

Nuclear-powered carbon capture technology project in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2022 A UK-based consortium has reported that nuclear power plants (NPPs) could provide the heat necessary to enable a technology to capture carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere (an approach known as ‘direct air capture’ or DAC, for short). The consortium comprised EDF Sizewell C (a UK... 

Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), saying he believes Mbele’s illustrious career at the DMRE qualifies him for the position.... 

An image of Jacob Mbele, newly appointed director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Jacob Mbele

Company adds new product to its boiler offering

10th June 2022 Industrial process technologies supplier Alfa Laval has launched its new Alfa Laval AC65 brazed plate heat exchanger at its first online net-zero launch event, where it showcased new, cutting-edge thinking in energy efficiency, clean energy and circular-economy solutions.  

An image of a brazed plate heat exchanger
HEAT EXCHANGER Company offers new, cutting-edge thinking in energy efficiency, and clean-energy and circular-economy solutions.

No final decision yet for Eskom’s Thyspunt licence application, says NNR

By: Donna Slater     7th June 2022 A final decision into Eskom’s nuclear installation site licence (NISL) for its proposed Thyspunt nuclear power station cannot be made, owing to “information gaps and outdated data” relating to the application under consideration by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). Eskom submitted the... 

French SMR design to trial joint European regulatory review

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2022 French State-owned electricity utility and nuclear group EDF has put its Nuward small modular reactor (SMR) forward as a test case of joint European regulatory review, the company has announced. The Nuward project was launched in September 2019 and is currently in the conceptual design stage. The... 

Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor

3rd June 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at JSE-listed forest group Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. 

An image of a generator rotor
MECHANICAL REBUILD Generator rotor undergoing dimensional checks in M&C mechanical rebuild

DMRE agrees to adopt amended African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2022 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, on May 31, unanimously voted to adopt the amended African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research (AFRA) as presented by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE). Although South Africa has been signatory to the AFRA since... 

Small nuclear power projects may have big waste problems – study

By: Reuters     1st June 2022 A planned new generation of small nuclear reactors will create more waste than conventional reactors, while treatments to make some types of waste safe could be exploited by militants trying to obtain fissile materials, a study published on Tuesday said. The projects, called small modular... 

Major contract awarded to complete development of Brazil’s third nuclear reactor

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st May 2022 Brazilian Federal State-owned nuclear energy company Eletronuclear has signed a “Term of Commitment” with another Brazilian company, Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados (Nuclep), which is also a Federal State-owned undertaking, to manufacture and deliver new heat exchangers for the country’s third... 

Uranium investors await price rally to revive Namibia projects

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2022 Namibia’s finance minister said uranium miners are waiting for prices to recover before reviving projects in Africa’s biggest producer of the ore, which is needed for nuclear power in a world shifting away from fossil fuels. The semi-arid southwest African nation is investing in water facilities... 

An image of the Rossing mine in Namibia
The Rossing uranium mine, in Namibia

Belgium to fund development of advanced small modular nuclear reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2022 The Belgian government has announced that it will provide funding of €100-million for research into advanced small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs). The money will be given to the country’s SCK-CEN nuclear research centre in tranches of €25-million a year, over four years. The announcement was... 

First reactor at South Korea’s latest nuclear power plant now functioning

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th May 2022 South Korean company Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) announced on Monday that the first reactor at its latest nuclear power plant (NPP) had achieved criticality for the first time. Unit 1 at the Shin Hanul NPP reached this operational milestone on Sunday. “In the future, Shin Hanul Unit 1... 

The Shin Hanul NPP
Photo by KHNP
The Shin Hanul NPP

Necsa mourns passing of Dr Namane Magau

By: Schalk Burger     23rd May 2022 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on May 23 said it was saddened and devastated at the passing of Human Resource and Ethics subcommittee chairperson Dr Namane Magau, who was also a board member of Necsa subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes, on May 20. "She carried her responsibilities... 

Dr Namane Magau
Dr Namane Magau

Developing countries have opportunity to call for greater access to nuclear energy, technology

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 States that do not have nuclear weapons, which include most developing countries, have an opportunity to demand greater access to nuclear sciences and technologies for peaceful purposes, including for energy, industry and medicine, at the tenth review conference of the Treaty on the... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
Photo by Creamer Media
The Koeberg nuclear power station

Emissions reduction tech at Kusile contributes to move to Stage 4 load-shedding  

By: Darren Parker     16th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom was forced to implement Stage 4 load-shedding on the evening of May 16 after Unit 2 at the Kusile power station tripped, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said. The tripped Kusile unit removed 720 MW of generating capacity from the already constrained grid. 

Kusile
Kusile

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Necsa starts process to replace venerable Safari-1 reactor

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th May 2022 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has, with the approval of Cabinet, started the process that should result in it acquiring a new nuclear research reactor, to replace its current Safari-1 research reactor. The new reactor, dubbed the multipurpose reactor (MPR), would, like... 

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South Korea to again boost nuclear power

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2022 New Republic of (South) Korea President Yoon Suk-yeol (inaugurated on Tuesday) is committed to his policy of strengthening the country’s nuclear power sector, reversing his predecessor’s policy (adopted in 2017) of phasing nuclear power out. Investing in nuclear energy formed part of the platform... 

How to speed up the rollout of small nuclear power plants

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2022 Building big, conventional nuclear power plants is slow and expensive. That’s one reason the industry is staking its future on a new generation of smaller advanced reactors. Still in development, these offer the promise of carbon-free energy and could back up the ebbs and flows of renewable power... 

Uganda acquires land for East Africa’s first nuclear power plant 

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2022 Uganda said it acquired land for the construction of East Africa’s first nuclear power plant as the continent’s top exporter of coffee beans attempts to expand its electricity generation capacity multi-fold. The Minister of State for Energy Okasai Sidronius Opolot made the announcement in a... 

Global nuclear body launches commercial hydrogen production roadmap initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th May 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that it is to develop a roadmap for the commercial scale production of hydrogen using nuclear power. This was because hydrogen was forecast to play a central role in future clean energy systems, especially in the ‘hard to abate’ sectors... 

Rolls-Royce optimistic that its SMR design will be approved quickly

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2022 Rolls-Royce SMR, the UK-based global power and propulsion system manufacturing group Rolls-Royce’s small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) subsidiary, hopes that it will receive UK regulatory approval for its design in about two years, and be generating power before the end of this decade. So... 

Connection delays increasing demand for standby power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 As South Africa’s energy needs rebound on the back of improved economic activity, it is evident that standby power will be needed for the foreseeable future, as the connection of enough embedded generation and renewable-energy projects to the national grid is taking place too slowly. The grid can... 

JANINE ESPIN
The grid cannot cope with additional power supply and, thus, with the last bidding round issued by the Independent Power Producers Office, certain projects were not allowed to proceed
JANINE ESPIN The grid cannot cope with additional power supply and, thus, with the last bidding round issued by the Independent Power Producers Office, certain projects were not allowed to proceed

Becker files for High Court to declare his dismissal unlawful, invalid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2022 Koeberg Alert Alliance (KAA) activist Peter Becker has filed an application in the Cape Town High Court to declare Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s decision to dismiss the applicant from his office as director of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) unlawful and invalid.... 

Koeberg nuclear power station, in Cape Town
Koeberg nuclear power station, in Cape Town

UK goes big on nuclear and offshore wind for its future and secure low-carbon energy

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th April 2022 The UK officially confirmed on Thursday that, to ensure the country’s energy security and independence, while also moving more rapidly to achieving net-zero carbon emissions energy, it was going to particularly prioritise the development of new nuclear and offshore wind generation capacity.... 

India continues with major nuclear energy development programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2022 India currently had ten nuclear reactors under construction and had authorised the construction of another ten. The country had also imported 7 546 t of natural uranium ore concentrate and 56.78 t of enriched uranium fuel pellets over the past three years, complementing the country's own uranium... 

IAEA’s review shows Koeberg made improvements, closed gaps from prior missions

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2022 Global civil nuclear body the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA)’s peer review mission of the Safety Aspects of the Long-Term Operation (SALTO) at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station indicated that Koeberg has made significant improvements and have closed gaps identified during the... 

UK signals major new nuclear energy programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th April 2022 In an interview with the London Daily Telegraph newspaper, UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary (Cabinet Minister) Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed that the country would launch a major new nuclear energy thrust in the near future. Although the details would only be revealed with the... 

IAEA mission concludes review of operational safety of Koeberg nuclear plant life extension

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Thursday that an international team of experts it had sent to South Africa had completed its long term operation (LTO) safety review of the Koeberg nuclear power plant (NPP), near Cape Town. Koeberg is owned and operated by national... 

Russian troops pulling out of Chernobyl, after handing authority back to Ukrainian staff

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Thursday that Russian troops had formally, and in writing, transferred control of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) back to the Ukrainian personnel who run the facility. This information had been conveyed to the IAEA by Ukraine.... 

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