Posts tagged as Nuclear

Fuel assemblies for Japanese nuclear plant

  Areva has signed a contract with Japan’s Nuclear Fuel Industries (NFI)  for the fabrication of 32 mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies for the Takahama 3 and 4 reactors operated by Kansaï Electric. The supply of MOX fuel assemblies for Kansaï is a follow-up to agreements signed with Japanese utilities from 1975 onwards for the treatment of […]

How to transform the electricity system

  Speaking at an event hosted by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) recently, Markus Steigenberger, the deputy executive director of Agora Energiewende, said that the transformation of the German electricity system from a dependency of coal and nuclear to renewables has resulted in a significant reduction in harmful emissions and pollutants.     The […]

Electricity generation mix: Let’s make SA the ultimate winner

  When it comes to the heated energy debate in South Africa, “blessed are the peacemakers” is surely a principle to be encouraged. We need as many cool heads as we can get. So when Dr. Anthonie Cilliers of North-West University writes that he “object(s) strongly” to article titles which make reference to “war” and […]

Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?

  It’s unfortunate that titles such as “It’s war: Nuclear versus renewables” and “Renewable energy is being crushed in the coal and nuclear grinder” are used in articles about the energy sector. I have never, in my 15 years working in the energy sector, heard the coal or nuclear industry proponents argue that renewable energy […]

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 […]