Press Releases

MEDIA RELEASE: Minister Derek Hanekom launches phases 3 & 4 of the Multipurpose Fluorochemical Pilot Plant (MFPP) at Pelchem (04 December 2013)

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and its subsidiary, Pelchem SOC Ltd invites you to the launch of the 3rd and 4th phases of the Multipurpose Fluorochemical Pilot Plant (MFPP) at Necsa in Pelindaba on 05 December 2013, 14:00 – 15:30. The MFPP will be formally launched by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Derek Hanekom.

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MEDIA RELEASE: The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited (NECSA), Rosatom’s United Engineering Company “Atomstroyexport” – “NIAEP” and NUKEM Technologies GmbH have signed the Memorandum of Understanding

NECSA, Engineering Company “Atomstroyexport” – “NIAEP” and NUKEM Technologies GmbH (Germany, 100% subsidiary of “Atomstroyexport”) have signed the Memorandum of Understanding during the Rosatom organized Nuclear Industry Suppliers Forum “ATOMEX Africa” held on November 25, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Nuclear material confiscated by police in Durban on 14 November 2013 (27 November 2013)

Two foreign nationals were arrested in Durban on 14 November 2013 with narcotics and a 1 kilogram package suspected to be uranium.  The men were taken into custody and appeared in court on 18 November 2013.

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MEDIA RELEASE: National Nuclear Regulator PSIF presentation (16 November 2013)

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MEDIA RELEASE: ACCIDENT OF NECSA TRUCK TRANSPORTING HF VIA THE R511 ROAD

On 14 November 2013, at 12:47 PM, The Emergency Controller at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) reported an accident involving a Necsa truck transporting a batch of Hydrogen Fluoride drums from Necsa’s fluorine chemicals production plant (Pelchem SOC Ltd) at Pelindaba.  The truck, which was on its way to Boksburg, jack knifed and lost control on the R511 road.  A small spillage of Hydrogen Fluoride occurred as a result and it was contained and immediately neutralized with lime.

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MEDIA RELEASE: ALLEGED SECOND INCIDENT AT RADIOISOTOPE PRODUCTION PLANT AT NECSA

As reported previously in the media, Necsa can confirm that on Saturday, 02 November 2013 at 07:45, there had been a release of noble gas and Iodine from the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) NTP Radioisotope SOC Ltd Medical Production facility in Pelindaba, Pretoria.

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MEDIA RELEASE: INCIDENT AT RADIOISOTOPE PRODUCTION PLANT AT NECSA ON 02 NOVEMBER 2013

On Saturday, 02 November 2013 at 07:45 an incident occurred at an NTP facility.  An independent investigation committee was appointed to identify the root cause of the incident.  This investigation is now complete.  The causes of the release of noble gas and Iodine from the Medical Production facility P1701, Pelindaba, have been ascertained and the necessary measures are being implemented to prevent a recurrence.

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MEDIA RELEASE: NECSA HOSTS NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK FROM 29 JULY 2013 TO 03 AUGUST 2013

School learners engaging with one of the hi-tech exhibitions at the Necsa Visitor Centre during the National Science Week 2013.
The National Science Week (NSW) is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) focusing on the promotion of science and technology at school level.

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MEDIA INVITE (1 August 2013)

Honorable Minister Ben Martins visits Necsa during the National Science Week (NSW)

Members of the media are invited to attend and report on the National Science Week (NSW) activities at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in Pelindaba. Minister of Energy, Hon. Ben Martins will be addressing 500 school learners during the National Science Week.

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Media Briefing (14 May 2013)

Programme Director, since the delegation of our mandate by the honourable President of the Republic of South Africa, Comrade Jacob Zuma, four (4) years ago in 2009, the Department of Energy has lived through an invigorating period. During this time, together with the wider energy sector, we have developed legislation, policies, strategies, and implemented a number of exciting programmes and projects. And, in particular the past financial year has been one of great firsts when we achieved what some may say was impossible.

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Linde and Pelchem join forces to fuel M2M innovation (22 April 2013)

Linde and Pelchem form strategic partnership to distribute xenon difluoride for Micro-Electro-Mechanical
Systems manufacturing

Munich, April 22 2013 – Linde Electronics, the global electronics business of The Linde Group, has strengthened its material support for electronics manufacturing by announcing a strategic partnership with Pelchem, the global fluorochemicals specialist, to accelerate the development of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS).

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Lantheus Medical Imaging Extends Contract with NTP Radioisotopes to Ensure Robust Supply of LEU-Produced Molybdenum-99 (31 October 2012)

No. BILLERICA, Mass. (31 October 2012) – Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. (Lantheus or the Company) and two world leaders in producing medical isotopes have agreed to work together to help ensure supplies of potentially life-saving nuclear medicine using molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) sourced from Low Enriched Uranium (LEU).

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Australian Government funding of the construction of a large Molybdenum-99 plant (19 September 2012)

South Africa and Australia will partner to deliver life-saving nuclear medicines to heart and cancer patients across the world through an exciting collaboration announced today.

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Appointment of new Necsa CEO (16 August 2012)

Mr GP Tshelane has been appointed as the new CEO of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation Ltd (Necsa) with effect from 01 September 2012. He will take over the leadership of the corporation from Mr Don Robertson, who has been acting CEO since 01 February 2012.

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Appointment of new Chairperson of the Necsa Board of Directors (16 August 2012)

Dr Mochubela Jacob Seekoe has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Board of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation Ltd (Necsa) with effect from 01 August 2012. He will take over from the outgoing Chairperson, Dr Manne Dipico.

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Deputy Minister Derek Hanekom launches world class fluorochemical piloting facility at Pelchem, Pretoria

On Tuesday 17 July 2012, Deputy Minister, Derek Hanekom of the Department of Science and Technology officially opened the Multipurpose Fluorination Pilot Plant (MFPP) at Pelchem in Pelindaba, Pretoria. Pelchem SOC is a subsidiary of the state owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and is the only fluorochemical producer in Southern Africa which currently supplies high value products to twenty countries in six continents.

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Ennis Thabong Primary School receives new library from NTP Radioisotopes on Mandela Day

NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd, subsidiary of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), is proud to announce the opening of the new library at Ennis Thabong Primary School. The farm school was adopted by NTP in 2007 as part of the organisation’s Adopt-a-School project. From humble beginnings of housing a small number of students, the school now has over 250 learners with seven educators. 

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The National Press Club visits the Necsa Visitor Centre

The National Press Club held its monthly meeting at the Necsa Visitor Centre last night (28 June 2012). Necsa welcomed members of the club and participated in the social event which is part of the club’s monthly gatherings. Necsa experts from different technology sections of the organisation participated in guided tours for the journalists through all the Necsa Visitor Centre exhibitions including the newly added BeauTifueL demonstration unit.

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France – South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013

France and South Africa celebrate culture, creativity and innovation

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MEDIA RELEASE ON NECSA GROUP CEO, DR ROB ADAM (30 November 2011)

The Chief Executive of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Dr Rob Adam, will be leaving Necsa after being at the helm of the corporation for six productive years. He will be pursuing an opportunity in the private sector from February 2012.

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MEDIA RELEASE: ASME III CODE FOR NECSA (19 October 2011)

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) through one of its divisions, Nuclear Technology Industrialisation (NTI) is announcing its recently acquired qualification as a component manufacturer, certified to manufacture power generation components according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Code of Standards. This certification will among other prospects, enable Necsa to tap into business opportunities which are currently being lost to foreign countries at a high cost to South Africa. The accreditation will also enable Necsa to achieve maximum localisation levels, in line with government’s policy imperatives, including the Nuclear New build programme.

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MEDIA RELEASE: MICRO FOCUS X-RAY SYSTEM LAUNCH (30 June 2011)

Necsa is to launch a new powerful 225kV Micro-focus X-ray tomography system on 01 July 2011, which was obtained through National Research Fund - Research Infrastructure Support Programme (NRF-RISP) funding. This analytical instrument will be the first of its kind to be made available free of cost to South African post graduate students and researchers from academia and science councils to obtain high resolution 3 dimensional information of the interior of their samples in a non-destructive manner. The launch will highlight the capabilities, potential, strengths and weaknesses of this analytical system in context of other complementary X-ray and neutron imaging techniques already available at Necsa.

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Media Release: SA Cabinet approves the Integrated Resource Plan 2010 (IRP 2010) 18 March 2011

Cabinet held its ordinary meeting in Cape Town, on 16 March 2011 where it considered, deliberated and approved the Policy Adjusted IRP 2010 (Integrated Resource Plan 2010) for promulgation by the Department of Energy.

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Fundamentals of the Fukushima nuclear power reactors (Document released on 14 March 2011)

The plants at Fukushima are the so called Boiling Water Reactors or BWR’s for short. The nuclear fuel heats up the water, the water boils and creates steam, the steam then drives turbines which in turn run generators to produce electricity, the steam is then cooled and condensed back to water, and the water sent back to be heated again by the nuclear fuel.

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