Posts tagged as Nuclear

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 […]

Koeberg’s Unit 2 shut down

  Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station in the Western Cape has been shut down for refueling after 492 days of uninterrupted operation. The refuelling process takes about two months. The unit has been running without major interruption since December 2015. Koeberg’s Unit 1 is still supplying 930 MW to the national grid. […]

Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016

  The Department of Energy (DoE) released a draft update (Draft IRP 2016) to its earlier Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010-2030) in November 2016, and invited comments and input through a public participation process. The deadline for this feedback was 31 March 2017. This review provides a summary of five major submissions made, […]

Eskom’s chief nuclear officer discusses Eskom’s renewed interest in the PBMR

  On 27 March 2017, EE Publishers’ investigative editor, Chris Yelland, and assistant editor, Pierre Potgieter, interviewed Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, David Nicholls, on the utility’s renewed interest in the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). Nicholls explains the potential of the project, which is currently still in its research phase. Below is their conversation, edited […]

Room for renewables and nuclear in energy mix

  Renewable energy falls short of being a base load power source in South Africa, suggests a researcher. Ben Heard, director of Bright New World organisation and PhD Candidate at the University of Adelaide, has conducted research to dispute the claims by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) that renewables have the capacity […]

Does the need for flexibility spell the end for “baseloadism”?

  Electricity demand in South Africa has changed dramatically over the last eight years. New demand profiles call for more flexibility in electricity generation, while environmental concerns and new technologies make energy efficiency and renewable energy sources more popular. Speaking at a meeting of the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) recently, Chris […]