Rosatom to launch world’s first floating nuclear power plant

  In 2019 the world’s first floating nuclear power plant “Akademik Lomonosov” will begin operation in the most northern part of Russia. But in reality it can be operated anywhere around the world. The floating nuclear power plant is a mobile power unit, providing energy generation where and when needed. “Akademik Lomonosov” producers above 70 […]

Juno spacecraft in orbit around mighty Jupiter

  After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth on 5 July at 8:53 am (SA time). NASA administrator Charlie Bolden said the Juno NASA mission went boldly where no […]

Massive cost and time overruns at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations

  Besides the financial results themselves for Eskom’s financial year ending 31 March 2016, perhaps the most important new information to come out at the media briefing at Megawatt Park on 5 July 2016, was Eskom’s latest estimate of the overnight capital costs, or cost to completion (CTC), for its Medupi and Kusile power stations. […]

Survey reveals increase in Gauteng’s quality of life

  New data from the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) shows that satisfaction with municipalities in Gauteng has declined very slightly since 2013, but dissatisfaction has also dropped significantly. These results, released just weeks before the August local government elections,  suggest a greater middle-ground of potentially “undecided” voters. It is also clear that respondents increasingly distinguish […]

Massive underground market sells South African hacked servers

  Researchers have uncovered a global forum where cyber criminals can buy and sell access to compromised servers for as little as $6 each. The xDedic marketplace, which appears to be run by a Russian-speaking group, currently lists 70 624 hacked remote desktop protocol (RDP) servers for sale. The top ten countries affected are: South […]

Eskom – changing the goalposts and rules of the game at half-time?

  For the third time since awarding a R5-billion tender to Areva in 12 August 2014, Eskom found itself defending its award decision – this time in the highest court of the land. While Eskom and Areva appealed to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) that the award of the contract for the replacement of six steam […]

DST denies imminent SKA facility in the Cape

  The Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism has published a “Request for Information/Expression of Interest: Cape Big Data Facility”.  The Department of Science and Technology (DST) considers this call and the accompanying detailed specifications suggesting that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project will be hosted in the facility to be both misleading […]

Collaboration for improved generation and distribution of electricity

  Eskom and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) which will extend the existing agreement between the two parties, which was signed in 2010, to synergise the research capabilities of the two organisations so as to assist the power utility in its efforts to meet strategic […]

Renewable energy contributes positively to electricity supply, economic development

  SAPVIA has read with concern a recent media report [1], attributed to Eskom’s CEO Brian Molefe, about the performance of renewable energy plants in South Africa. If the statements as reported are an accurate representation of the views of the CEO and his advisors, SAPVIA finds those views ill-informed at best, and misleading at […]

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