Posts tagged as Nuclear

Benefits of atomic energy presented

  Rosatom organised a workshop in Khartoum, Sudan, recently to discuss the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The event brought together Russian and Sudanese experts who discussed various applications of nuclear technologies both in energy and non-energy needs. Speaking about the need for electricity in Sudan increasing rapidly for both industrial and domestic sectors, the […]

Nuclear energy: the best option for South Africa?

  Eskom appears to be more concerned with building large new nuclear power stations than in signing power purchase agreements with independent power producers which use renewable energy sources. Energize caught up with energy analyst and managing director of EE Publishers, Chris Yelland, and asked his opinion of what generation technologies South Africa should opt […]

Koeberg’s Unit 2 back online

Eskom reports that Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station has resumed sending power onto the national electricity grid after a planned outage which lasted for 36 days. This was the second shortest outage performed in the station’s history. The shortest outage was a 32-day outage on Unit 1 in 1999. Koeberg was offline for maintenance […]

Energy minister briefs parliament on nuclear, IPP and gas plans

  The newly appointed minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, presented her department’s budget for 2017/2018 to parliament recently. She outlined some of her department’s plans for the coming year. This article summarises her speech. The minister said that her department will spend R8,1-billion in the 2017/2018 financial year to support the energy sector, which currently […]

The science, engineering and law of nuclear energy in South Africa

An interview with NECSA CEO Mr. Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor, and Joanne Taylor, assistant editor at EE Publishers, posed a number of questions to Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) CEO Mr. Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm, to explore issues surrounding […]

Ruling on SA’s nuclear deal a marker of political health

  The South African government’s plan to bulldoze through a nuclear energy deal has been dealt what might be a fatal blow by the Cape Town High Court which has declared the plan invalid. It found that the government had not followed due process in making the decision to pursue a nuclear power option, as […]

Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre has been effectively gagged since […]

EIUG: No nuclear needed anytime soon

  The persistent speculation on a possible nuclear power investment in South Africa being progressed on an urgent basis is concerning, given the scale and inflexibility of such an irreversible commitment in a fast changing world.  Reassurances that we will only embark on such a programme at a scale and pace which the economy can […]

New nuclear build is justifiable, says WNA

  In a new report, Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring, the World Nuclear Association shows that new nuclear build can be justified in many countries on the strength of today’s economic criteria and identifies the key risks associated with a nuclear power project and how these may be managed to support a business case for nuclear investment. This is the executive summary of the […]

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