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New nuclear power is SA dependent on future electricity demand (15 April 2014)

Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants.

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Renewable Energy (15 April 2014)

The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (REIPP) Programme constitures one of the energy mixes as outlined in the National Development Plan and the Intergrated Resource Plan 2010-30.

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Martins set to announce new electricity projects (14 April 2014)

Details of SA's long-awaited procurement processes for new baseload and cogeneration independent power producer projects to be announced.

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Nuclear Options

Three years after Fukushima disaster, atomic power has stagnated in countries where it has historically played a large role in electricity generation.

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SA still committed to new nuclear build, but much remains unclear. (11 Apr 2014)

Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa president Rob Adam remains convinced that the energy policy tide in South Africa is running in favour of nuclear power and that the country will, in due course contruct new nuclear power plant (NPPs), despite the fact that another year has gone without any acquisition programme being launched.

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Minister calls for more renewable energy projects (15 April 2014)

The Department of Energy is to add more projects to those announced in November last year in the third window of its renewable energy independent power producers (REIPP) procurement programme.

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Perhaps small is beautiful enough for nuclear power

Bill Gates has signed loan guarantees to Toshiba to develop a mini power generator, which will produce much less waste than a conventional nuclear power generator.

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SA nuclear industry sharply criticizes the IRP 2010-2030 Update Report 2013 (16 March 2014)

A comprehensive review commissioned by the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) is sharply critical of the draft Update Report 2013 of the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) 2010-2030 recently issued for comment by the South African Department of Energy (DoE).

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Minister reaffirms SA government's nuclear ambitions

South African Minister of Energy Dikobe Ben Martins has stated that the government has a major long-term objective in the nuclear sector: "to be self-sufficient in all aspects of the nuclear chain".

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Coal, gas or nuclear? Power-hungry South Africa must decide now

But none are likely to prevent potentially crippling future power crunches in Africa's biggest economy unless a decision is made soon on when and how to add capacity to the grid.

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Nuclear Energy And Nuclear Law In South Africa

The recent publication of the 2013 Updated Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (the "Updated IRP") by the Department of Energy (the "DoE") has indicated that the construction of nuclear power plants which would have contributed 9.6 GWh to the country's power generation mix, as envisaged in the 25 March 2011 Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, may be delayed.

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Nuclear energy programme would be economic suicide

President Jacob Zuma's remark that the government expected to ''conclude the procurement of 9600MW of nuclear energy'' seemed to be tossed into his recent State of the Nation address as an afterthought. And it nearly went unnoticed.

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China, SA mull draft nuclear cooperation agreement

South Africa and China were considering a proposed agreement that would likely see the Asian giant participate more in the development of South Africa’s nuclear projects.

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Keynote Address by the Minister of Energy of South Africa : Honourable Dikobe Ben Martins, MP at the Africa Energy Indaba (18 February 2014)

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Eskom no longer 'player, referee and linesman' if new plan is approved (19 February 2014)

ENERGY Minister Ben Martins has told Parliament to "fast-track" proposed legislation to level the playing field between utility Eskom and independent power producers, he said on Tuesday. Parliament recently confirmed that the Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) Bill had lapsed at the end of last year.

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DoE, Eskom make nuclear localisation moves (17 February 2014)

Days after President Jacob Zuma confirmed in his State of the Nation address that government would move ahead with the procurement of new nuclear capacity, the Department of Energy (DoE) indicated that it planned to appoint an adviser to assess the economic impact of “localisation for the nuclear expansion programme”.

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South Africa to Proceed With Nuclear Energy Program, Zuma Says (14 February 2014)

South Africa’s government will push ahead with plans to develop new nuclear power plants as it seeks to reduce its reliance on coal, President Jacob Zuma said.

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Martins promises baseload, cogen IPP procurement programmes by March (11 February 2014)

Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins reported on Tuesday that a deadline of the end of March had been set by the Department of Energy (DoE) for the initiation of the long-awaited procurement processes for new baseload and cogeneration independent power producer (IPP) projects.

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2014: Questions for the Year Ahead

As we enter each year, the nuclear fuel industry is confronted with a series of questions. And given the recent performance of the market and the uncertainties confronting it, 2014 appears to be presenting itself with more than its fair share of issues. Below we list some key areas to watch, and provide some observations on what’s at stake. While some demand issues are covered here, next week we will present a more de-tailed look at expected developments on the demand side of the equation

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South Africa could delay decision on new nuclear (09 December 2013)

South Africa’s Department of Energy has stated a decision on whether to build new nuclear energy capacity could be postponed in response to revised projections for electricity demand.

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Top Ten Stories of 2013 UX Weekly

The year 2013 is coming to an end, and it is again time for our top ten stories and our list of what’s in and out. The year saw a number of anniversaries and landmark events: the end of the HEU deal, the closure of Paducah (and the effective end of GDP production), TENEX’s 50th anniversary, the 75th anniversary of nuclear fission, the 60th anniversary of the Nuclear Energy Institute (and its predecessors), and the 60th anniversary of Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace speech (which ironically came near the time of the last HEU delivery).

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Ten top nuclear news stories of 2013

A review of some of the key nuclear industry developments in 2013

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A safer world, filled with nukes (08 January 2014)

Can you stop the bomb's spread by making it easier to cut nuclear deals?

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Nuclear bidders shrug off SA delay (13 December 2013)

Prospective bidders for South Africa's nuclear power procurement say they are not discouraged by the latest Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) which imposed a price ceiling on the programme and has suggested that nuclear power could be delayed for at least two years.

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Areva welcomes IRP update's nuclear cost-ceiling proposal (11 December 2013)

French nuclear vendor Areva has welcomed the publication of the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update report, notwithstanding its proposal that the integration of new nuclear capacity should be delayed and scaled back, or even abandoned entirely should the programme fail to meet a proposed cost ceiling.

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Russian Atomic Agency Closes In On The Biggest Reactor Deal In The World

In the world of mules there are no rules (so Ogden Nash wrote last century). In selling $50 billion worth of nuclear reactors, there are a few.Sergei Kirienko, the prime minister in charge of the Russian government’s default on its treasury bonds and other financial destruction in 1998, is no donkey.

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Russia turns up heat on ambitions for nuclear build in SA

THE Russian government is pumping up the propaganda surrounding the country’s nuclear ambitions in South Africa with a series of reports on the official international broadcaster Voice of Russia that a deal has been struck to build South Africa’s planned nuclear power plants.

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SA nuclear: calling all contractors

An announcement about South Africa’s nuclear programme is imminent. Building a nuclear power station will be such a huge project that “every contractor will work on it.”

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Nuclear energy companies line up for SA nuclear contract

The government is expected to open the bidding process for a tender to build a new nuclear power station.

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Eskom CEO ponders gas as nuclear alternative

As state continues with intention to invest in nuclear for additional electricity capacity, Eskom CEO Brian Dames introduces possibility of gas as an alternative.

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Financial issues might hobble SA nuclear localisation

One of the biggest challenges facing South African industry when it comes to participating in the country's planned programme to build new nuclear power plants (NPPs) concerns financial guarantees and performance bonds.

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Nuclear power could be our salvation

Like many Americans who grew up during the height of the Cold War, I was deeply skeptical about nuclear energy.

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AECL reports an unplanned interruption to the Canadian supply of the medical isotope molybdenum-99

The CNSC received the notice from the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited's (AECL) of an unplanned interruption to the Canadian supply of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 and will be unable to meet its planned isotope deliveries for the week ending November 23. For more information please visit the AECL web site.

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Nuclear essential for climate stability

Four eminent climate and energy scientists have issued a plea for world leaders to support the development and deployment of nuclear energy in an open letter that has achieved global coverage in news media.

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Top US climate scientists support development of safe nuclear power

Open letter to environmentalists and world leaders says wind and solar power are not enough to diminish carbon emissions

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Myths obscure the green credentials of nuclear power

A few years back when James Lovelock came out in favour of nuclear energy, the wailing and gnashing of teeth among environmentalists was something to behold. It was understandable.

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State initiatives to relieve energy deficit

A RANGE of government initiatives to relieve energy supply constraints would support faster economic growth in the medium term, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in his medium-term budget policy statement to Parliament on Wednesday.

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SA plans to grow Russian nuclear ties

SOUTH Africa may soon sign a fresh agreement on nuclear co-operation with the Russian Federation that at face value could give Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom a distinct advantage in pursuing commercial contracts for South Africa’s nuclear build programme.

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Nuclear programme needs greater government commitment (04 October 2013)

Many companies are reluctant to commit to South Africa’s proposed nuclear programme until government shows a stronger commitment, states global manufacturing and engineering company DCD.

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Power Play - South Africa's Energy Plan

Government has agreed to a new coal-fired power station, is mulling a nuclear facility and will allow the use of hydraulic fracturing in gas exploration. Sikonathi Mantshantsha examines whether SA's energy needs justify the cost of all these projects.

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South Africa nuclear plan going ahead (27 September 2013)

The government has made a firm commitment to start the procurement process for the construction of Africa’s second fleet of nuclear power stations by the end of March, putting billions of rand in nuclear electricity infrastructure back into contention nearly four years after it was first mooted.

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South Africa pressing ahead with nuclear plans (27 September 2013)

The South African government is working on preparations for rolling out a nuclear energy programme, with a decision to call for bidders to build a new nuclear plant or plants set to be made within the current financial year.

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DETERMINED: Energy Minister Ben Martins at a media briefing on Thursday. (27 September 2013)

THE government has made a firm commitment to start the procurement process for the construction of Africa’s second fleet of nuclear power stations by the end of March, putting billions of rand in nuclear electricity infrastructure back into contention nearly four years after it was first mooted.

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SA nuclear decision will be made ‘this financial year’. (26 September 2013)

The Department of Energy (DoE) will be undertaking study tours to a number of key nuclear-energy jurisdictions in the coming months ahead of a final nuclear decision, which government still insists will be made before the end of the current financial year, which runs until March 31, 2014.

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Nuclear power decisions soon (26 September 2013)

Key decisions on South Africa's nuclear energy programme will be made in the next six months, the energy department said on Thursday.

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IAEA foresees continued growth in nuclear capacity (25 September 2013)

Global nuclear power generating capacity will continue to grow by 2030 but at a slightly slower rate than predicted a year ago, according to the latest estimates from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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South Africa aims to finalise integrated energy plan in 2014 (25 September 2013)

The Department of Energy (DoE) has formally launched the much-anticipated public-consultation phase for the formulation of an Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) for South Africa, which it says should be published during the course of 2014.

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Decisions on energy capacity likely to be pushed into future (18 September 2013)

Department of Energy’s new draft of the Integrated Resource Plan is critical to the debate over whether South Africa requires nuclear energy plants or not

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Department reports progress on review of nuclear power (18 September 2013)

An integrated nuclear infrastructure review had been finalised in May and it was imperative that this report be made public as soon as possible, Energy Department director-general Nelisiwe Magubane told MPs yesterday.

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Two simulators for South Africa (17 September 2013)

South Africa's Koeberg nuclear power plant can now boast two state-of-the-art operator training simulators with the commissioning of a second facility. Major refurbishment work has also been completed on Koeberg's first simulator.

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South Africa National Statement (16 September 2013)

National Statement By Republic Of South Africa delivered by the Minister of Energy, Mr Dikobe Benedict Martins on the occasion of the 57th session of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference.

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Decision on SA nuclear plants still pending

President Jacob Zuma has said a final decision on the procurement of nuclear power plants has not yet been made.

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Nuclear debate must look at waste legacies (23 August 2013 by Behnam Taebi)

The link between the methods of producing nuclear power and the nature of the radioactive waste each method leaves behind is being neglected, writes Behnam Taebi.

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SA nuclear agency developing new research reactor programme (23 August 2013)

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) will extend the life of its current nuclear research reactor, Safari-1, for at least ten years. Thereafter, it will be replaced by a new reactor. The corporation hopes that the new reactor will be built and commissioned by 2020. Safari-1 is used for research and development and the provision of various commercial services – mainly the production of radioisotopes for Necsa subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes.

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DCD seeks confirmation of local-content threshold for nuclear programme (23 August 2013)

Global manufacturing and engineering company DCD has urged the South African government to formally announce a local-content threshold for its proposed new nuclear power generation plants.

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Changing SA energy scene (18 August 2013)

Edging towards nuclear power with Russian partners?

Some apparently puzzling recent moves by President Jacob Zuma involving members of his cabinet appear to have fallen in place amid renewed speculation in energy and engineering circles that the South African government is on the verge of proceeding with a big, mega-figure nuclear build programme.

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United call for electricity decisions, but less accord on nature of future mix (16 August 2013)

It is common cause that South Africa has already left it too late to meet the 2023 schedule for the introduction of the first new nuclear capacity in line with the Integrated Resource Plan’s (IRP’s) proposal for the addition of 9 600 MW of such production by 2030. It is also widely accepted that the current IRP is outdated, owing to a fall off in demand – which may or may not have, in turn, been precipitated by the country’s electricity shortages since 2008 – and some energy efficiency gains.

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Eskom might not be sole future nuclear plant owner, as lessons from Medupi are absorbed (15 August 2013)

The South African government is considering different ownership options for the country’s proposed new fleet of nuclear power stations, Department of Energy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane told the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) 2013 conference in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

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Call made for major overhaul of SA’s electricity planning system (15 August 2013)

South Africa’s prevailing electricity planning and investment paradigm has come in for sharp criticism from experts, who argue that a new, more responsive process is required to enable the country to adapt to changing circumstances, including changes to the demand trajectory.

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SA 'committed to nuclear' – Energy Department DG (15 August 2013)

Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane has reaffirmed the South African government’s commitment to nuclear power as part of the country’s future energy mix. She was addressing the 2013 conference of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

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Zuma slips into nuclear driver's seat (26 July 2013)

A reshuffle, a Motlanthe sidelining and a whirlwind Putin romance have dropped the power into Msholozi's lap.
Three crucial recent developments indicate that President Jacob Zuma is now firmly directing what is expected to be the largest, most complex tender process in South African history. At stake is the development of new nuclear power plants, potentially worth up to a ¬trillion rand.

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EU-South African extend nuclear cooperation (24 July 2013)

A new nuclear cooperation agreement struck between South Africa and the European Union (EU) will support joint nuclear research and could help open access to South Africa's uranium resources.

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Opinion: Nuclear energy and women in science make the world a better place

This year marks an anniversary of special significance for people everywhere who understand the overarching importance of nuclear energy in medicine and the world’s economic and environmental well-being.

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Tyobeka to head up NNR (4 July 2013)

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has appointed Dr Bismark Tyobeka as the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa’s new CEO effective September 2.

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Draft energy roadmap to be released for public comment this month (2 July 2013)

The Department of Energy (DoE) has confirmed that the draft Integrated Energy Planning Report has been approved by Cabinet and will be released during the course of July.

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Nuclear important for global power security – Rosatom (1 July 2013)

In his closing statement at the International Atomic Energy Agency International (IAEA) Ministerial Conference last week, Russian State atomic energy corporation director-general Sergey Kirienko said the conference had reaffirmed that nuclear power remained an important option for many countries to improve their energy security.

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MEDIA RELEASE

Pretoria, 4 July 2013 - The Minister of Energy, Ms Dipuo Peters MP is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Bismark Tyobeka to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa effective as of 2 September 2013.

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Nuclear important for global power security – Rosatom (1 July 2013)

In his closing statement at the International Atomic Energy Agency International (IAEA) Ministerial Conference last week, Russian State atomic energy corporation director-general Sergey Kirienko said the conference had reaffirmed that nuclear power remained an important option for many countries to improve their energy security.

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‘Peer pressure’ could help improve nuclear safety (28 June 2013)

If countries that used nuclear as a power source regularly used national and international peer reviews of nuclear installations as reference, the safety of power plants around the world would be improved and their ecological impact reduced, head of international projects at research firm the Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit, Dr Hartmuth Teske, said in St Petersburg this week.

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Rosatom awaits SA govt decision on nuclear power (28 June 2013)

Russian State-owned nuclear company Rosatom was awaiting the South African government’s decision regarding the nuclear aspect of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2010), as well as Russia’s role in this regard, deputy director-general Kirill Komarov said on Thursday.

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Gigaba moots more coal power (20 September 2012)

In spite of the recent labour unrest and strike at Medupi, the coal-fired power station being built for Eskom in Limpopo, the government was not ruling out the possibility of building another “Coal 3” station, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said yesterday.

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Nuclear power development in SA will boost job creation (27 June 2013)

Developing nuclear energy in South Africa would aid in alleviating the country’s substantial unemployment rate, Russia’s State-owned nuclear company Rosatom deputy director-general Kirill Komarov told Engineering News Online on Wednesday.

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SA ready for nuclear, say energy companies (27 June 2013)

Interest among nuclear firms at International Atomic Energy Agency forum in Russia in working with SA.
SOUTH Africa is "ready" to develop nuclear energy, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) forum held being held in St Petersburg, Russia, heard on Wednesday.

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SA's energy resources key for economic growth (24 June 2013)
 
South Africa, with its vast renewable energy resources such as solar power, has the potential to become one of the world’s fastest growing economic hubs, said Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

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Russia, South Africa set to further strengthen nuclear links (21 June 2013)
 
Russia is hopeful about its chances of supplying South Africa with new nuclear power plants (NPPs) to help meet the country’s future energy needs. During last month’s visit to Russia by President Jacob Zuma, South African Energy Minister Dipuo Peters held talks with Rosatom director-general Sergey Kiriyenko.

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UK looks to nuclear manufacturing future (18 June 2013)

Work has begun on two collaborative research programs to develop new forging and casting techniques for nuclear components, while UK manufacturers are invited to apply for funding to help them compete in the nuclear industry.

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Peters sings praises of nuclear energy

ENERGY Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday sang the praises of nuclear energy, saying it offered tremendous benefits for South Africa as it would "leapfrog" the country into the knowledge economy and lead to massive industrial development.

In her budget speech delivered in Parliament, Ms Peters said the government’s nuclear power programme would be a cost-effective way of lowering South Africa’s carbon emissions as part of a broader energy mix.

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'Delay' is the biggest threat to nuclear plan (14 May 2013)

AN international expert on energy has warned that the biggest threat to a nuclear programme of the kind that South Africa is about to embark on is delay in construction, which can result in the doubling or tripling of the initial estimated cost.

The advice of Boston Consulting Group MD Philipp Gerbert came ahead of the budget vote speeches on Tuesday of Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba and Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, which could shed further light on the progress of the plans being made by the government on the new nuclear power stations.

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We are nowhere near advertising the nuclear tender (9 May 2013)

South Africa’s Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has again stressed South Africa’s phased approach to making a decision on new nuclear capacity – an approach guided by a desire to mitigate the risks and maximise benefits to the country.

Her director-general Nelisiwe Magubane added that the country, was, thus, “nowhere near advertising the tender”.

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Cabinet set on nuclear plan, with Eskom at the helm (9 May 2013)

THE Cabinet remained "resolute" about developing South Africa’s nuclear energy capacity, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday, and Eskom would be the operator of the government’s nuclear programme.

The minister’s unequivocal statement may help clear up confusion over the government’s intentions on nuclear energy, confusion that stemmed from conflicting signals given in recent times by various political leaders, officials and energy experts.

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Eskom reviewing tariff decision – Gigaba (8th May 2013)

Eskom is reviewing the implications of Nersa's decision to grant it a lower than requested electricity tariff hike, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday.

"We are studying it in detail, because we need to understand what will happen to Eskom's operations through the build programme over the next five years," he said at a Cape Town Press Club breakfast.

Eskom welcomed the National Energy Regulator of SA's ruling, because this was to the benefit of consumers, but it presented problems Eskom would need to deal with.

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Cabinet ‘resolute’ on nuclear energy, says Gigaba (8 May 2013)

PUBLIC Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday that the Cabinet remained "resolute" about pursuing the nuclear option of electricity generation and said it would have to make a decision this year.

He said he hoped the National Nuclear Energy Executive Co-ordinating Commission would present its view on the options for nuclear energy to the Cabinet in the near future. Eskom would be the operator of the government’s nuclear programme.

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State stands ground on SA’s nuclear ambitions  (25 Apr 2013)

Department of Energy says nuclear expansion is needed to meet green energy goals
THE Department of Energy, which is responsible for South Africa’s energy planning, says it still sees nuclear power as an essential part of its plans — without it targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would not be met.

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Nuclear power ‘non-negotiable’ for SA (16 April 2013)

SOUTH Africa’s nuclear programme is non-negotiable and the National Development Plan (NDP) supports it, Department of Energy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane told Parliament’s energy committee on Tuesday.

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Solar and wind great for ‘off-grid’ power, nuclear best for ‘baseload’ (12 April 2013)

South Africa must be careful in its choice of future energy sources and must use different technologies for different requirements. “When we choose sources of energy – electricity – we must choose wisely and responsibly,” argued independent energy consultant Andrew Kenny at the recent Nuclear African 2013 conference. “We must work with nature, not against her. We must act with logic.”

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Giving impetus to SA's nuclear power

The Nuclear Africa 2013 conference will be held in Midrand, Gauteng from 18 to 20 March. One of the objectives of the conference is to give impetus to South Africa's nuclear power programme.

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Nuclear power instills equality

Liberation to the people! That phrase has echoed down the centuries in corridors and in the streets, however, the greatest liberator of humankind has been electricity. Now the weapon of liberation needs a revamp.

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Positive global outlook for nuclear energy (10 April 2013)

Nuclear power is going through some of its toughest ever years, but retains majority global policy support, the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle (WNFC) conference heard today in Singapore.

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North Korea nuclear threats: how worried should we be? (04 April 2013)

After threatening on its YouTube channel to rain firestorms on the "headquarters of war" – meaning Washington DC – North Korea now says it will reopen a facility used to make weapons-grade plutonium. New Scientist puts the sabre-rattling in context

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Can Small Reactors Ignite a Nuclear Renaissance? (28 March 2013)

Small, modular nuclear reactor designs could be relatively cheap to build and safe to operate, and there’s plenty of corporate and government momentum behind a push to develop and license them. But will they be able to offer power cheap enough to compete with natural gas? And will they really help revive the moribund nuclear industry in the United States?

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Building the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor (28 March 2013)

BARCELONA — Ground is now breaking in Cadarache, France, for the 18-billion-euro research facility dedicated to determine if the process that powers the sun can be harnessed to power our future without creating nuclear waste, causing meltdowns or producing carbon dioxide emissions.

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Nuclear power is a necessary and cost-effective solution (28 March 2013)

WHAT South Africa needs, as soon as possible, is enough power at as low a price as possible. It goes without saying that the power should be reliable, available on demand 24 hours a day and that its source should have a reasonably long life so that we have some hope of achieving a return on the considerable investment needed to provide us with the power we need.

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Putin offers help to South African nuclear industry (28 March 2013)

Russia is offering to help South Africa to develop its own nuclear industry from resource production to power plant design and manufacture, Vladimir Putin has told South African president Jacob Zuma.

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Renewed interest — and criticism — for small modular reactors (27 March 2013)

A new, smaller breed of nuclear reactor that is being promoted by the Obama administration may offer some advantages over the larger reactors that now provide about 20 percent of the United States’ electricity, but critics say they also have the same drawbacks.

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Russia, South Africa to discuss cooperation in nuclear sector (26 March 2013)

President Vladimir Putin is expected to discuss ways to broaden bilateral ties and cooperation in the nuclear energy sector with South African President Jacob Zuma during his visit to Durban.

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Update and Perspective on Small Modular Reactor Development (21 March 2013)

The US Department of Energy has a $452 million program to share development and licensing costs for selected small modular reactor (SMR) designs. The DOE’s goal is to have an operating SMR by ~2022. Last November, the DOE awarded the first grant to the B&W mPowerTM reactor. In more recent news, the DOE has decided to issue a follow-on solicitation to enter a similar cost-sharing agreement with one or more other SMR vendors (and their SMR designs). The status of development and licensing for several SMR designs are summarized below.

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Nuclear industry wants enrichment programme revived (20 March 2013)

SOUTH Africa’s nuclear industry has challenged the government to revive the country’s uranium enrichment programme — a step that is likely to raise the ire of the international community.

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Minister stirs new nuke criticism (19 March 2013)

ENERGY Minister Dipuo Peters threw her support behind the controversial Thyspunt proposed nuclear plant yesterday – but her stance was immediately countered by a St Francis Bay group saying the plant would be disastrous for the area.

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Nuclear power is neither necessary nor cost-effective (19 March 2013)

South Africa can achieve electricity supply security without investing in further nuclear power, writes Anton Eberhard

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Motlanthe backs nuclear power plants as expert wavers (19 March 2013)

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says South Africa needs more nuclear power plants to meet rising electricity demand

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Peters affirms political will for nuclear energy in SA (18 March 2013)

South African Energy Minister Dipuo Peters affirmed on Monday that the government has the will to implement a nuclear energy programme. "There is political will in this country to use nuclear for peaceful purposes," she said, addressing the Nuclear Africa 2013 conference in Midrand. The country's Integrated Resource Plan 2010-2030 included 9.6 GW of nuclear power.

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SA needs more nuclear power plants (18 March 2013)

Johannesburg - South Africa needs more nuclear power plants to meet growing electricity demand, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Monday.

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lanthe affirms SA will continue to develop nuclear energy (18 March 2013)

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe reaffirmed on Monday South Africa's "right to research, develop and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes". He was delivering the keynote address at the Nuclear Africa 2013 conference in Midrand. "We will continue to develop and promote nuclear energy."

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Notice to inform members of the public about controls of Nuclear Material and Equipment (17 March 2013)

The Minister of Energy hereby informs the public about the legislation that controls nuclear material, equipment and nuclear related equipment and material.

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MIT experts: Nuclear exit would cost U.S. environment, economy (6 March 2013)

Fossil fuel - it's a gas. Natural gas plants like this one in Beloit, Wisc., don't emit as much CO2 as coal plants do, but they would still enlarge the U.S. carbon footprint in a nuclear phaseout.


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DRC, SA Energy Ministers meet to finalise Grand Inga treaty (6 March 2013)

South Africa’s Energy Minister Dipuo Peters and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Hydro Resources and Electricity Minister Bruno Kapanji Kalala will meet in Lubumbashi on Thursday and Friday with the intention of finalising the text of the proposed Grand Inga Project Treaty.

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Nuclear, renewables could help electricity constrained South Africa (05 March 2013)

5 March 2013 - Nuclear energy is at the forefront of plans to bridge the gap between supply and demand to deal with South Africa’s electricity woes. Recent reports indicate that South Africa’s electricity shortfall is expected to endure for the next five years.

 

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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Nuclear exit, the US energy mix, and carbon dioxide emissions   (1 March 2013)

A number of issues have combined to stymie nuclear plant investment in the United States,
importantly including its high per-kilowatthour cost compared to coal (MIT Energy Initiative, 2009). But even with no new plants starting operation since the mid-1990s,license extensions and upgrades in the capacity of existing units have maintained nuclear generation in the neighborhood of 20 percent of US electricity supply for the past
quarter century.

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Opportunity lies in nuclear power (3 March 2013)

The country in Europe with the highest proportion of wind energy in its national energy
mix is Denmark.  What is not usually pointed out is that Denmark also has the highest electricity price in
Europe.

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Renewables alone cannot guarantee base-load power – Adam (21 February 2013)

South Africa’s required base-load power capacity could not be guaranteed through renewable-energy sources alone, Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) president Dr Rob Adam said on Thursday at the fourth yearly Nuclear Forum, which is aligned to the Africa Energy Indaba.

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Keynote address by the Minister of Energy (19 February 2013)

Let me share our appreciation for this platform made possible by the conference organizers. Platforms like these are important as they continue to cultivate dialogue between government and all other stakeholders in the energy sector.

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Promoting Nuclear Safety is our priority! (14 - 20 February 2013)

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is a public entity which is established and governed in terms of Section 3 of the National Nuclear Regulator Act, (Act No 47 of 1999) to provide for the protection of persons, property and the environment against nuclear damage through the establishment of safety standards and regulatory practices.

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South Africa and Russia oppose North Korea nuclear tests (13 February 2013)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear arms programme and return to talks

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North Korea’s nuclear test condemned (13 February 2013)

North Korea has conducted a third nuclear test, ignoring pleas from China, its closest ally, and putting it on a fresh collision course with the West over its atomic programme

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World condemns third North Korean test (12 February 2013)

North Korea carried out its third nuclear weapons test yesterday, provoking a wave of concern and condemnation around the world.

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Office of NuclearEnergy launches new website (11 February 2013)

The Office of Nuclear Energy's mission is to advance nuclear power as a resource that can meet the United State's energy, environmental and national security needs.

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Growing African interest in nuclear power – IAEA DG (11 February 2013)

African countries are seriously considering adopting nuclear energy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Yukiya Amano has confirmed, in reply to a question from Engineering News Online. “We are working with Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria.” The IAEA is, of course, also working with South Africa, which already has nuclear power but is currently planning to considerably expand its nuclear generating capacity.

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Experts talk Nuclear Power (09 February 2013)

Bob Anthrope, senior nuclear engineer at nuclear consulting firm Fauske and Associates, has one big question: Who’s responsible for providing nuclear energy knowledge for the public?

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Nuclear power is our only hope, or, the greatest environmentalist hypocrisy of all time (11 February 2013)

Sobering news from the other side of the world: China is burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined, and projections put India on course for a similarly dramatic uptick in consumption. This is one of the consequences of globalization; as a larger proportion of the world is brought advanced technology, our energy needs will skyrocket. How would our atmosphere look today if all of Africa had, a hundred years ago, somehow vaulted into the first or even second world? How much more advanced might our climate crisis now be, with all those extra polluters?

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‘SA is kerngesond’ (09 February 2013)

Suid-Afrika kan met die heel bestes ter wêreld meeding wat betref die sekerheid en veiligheid van sy kernkrag-infrastruktuur. Joekija Amano, direkteur-generaal van die Internasionale Atoom¬energie-agentskap, het Vrydagaand dié versekering gegee tydens ’n openbare lesing van die Instituut vir Sekerheidstudie in Fourways, Johannesburg.

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Southern African uranium output to grow (10 January 2013)

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Southern Africa’s uranium production capacity was expected to expand significantly by 2016, reaching about 21 260 t, up from 6 628 t in 2010, as new expansion programmes became fully operational, consulting firm Frost & Sullivan reported on Thursday.

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IAEA Reviews South Africa's Nuclear Infrastructure for Expansion

Johannesburg, South Africa -- An IAEA team of international experts has carried out a review of South Africa's nuclear infrastructure - the first Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission to a country that is already generating nuclear power, and the first in Africa.

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2013 – The Year Ahead (07 January 2013)

In an effort to look to the future, and hopefully a better year ahead, we pre-sent our picks of the key issues to watch for in 2013 as they relate to the nuclear industry. The material on the demand side was pulled from our latest Nuclear Power Outlook; this has been supplemented with thoughts on nuclear fuel supply and market developments.

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Global ups and downs (02 January 2013)

Nuclear power begins 2013 with generating capacity 3667 MWe greater than a year before. The growth comes despite the retirement of Garoña and Gentilly 2 in the last week.

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On the pros of nuclear power

We should fund nuclear energy research now – or tomorrow we may not be able to turn the lights on

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