Nuclear
The acute need to secure reliable energy supplies and the urgent requirement to reduce carbon emissions has put nuclear energy firmly on the agenda as a viable choice to be pursued in order to achieve an acceptable energy mix for South Africa, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters told a media roundtable ahead of the draft IRP2010 hearings in December 2010.
Friday, 28 January 2011 13:23

US$25-million contract awarded to Necsa

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and its subsidiary, NTP Radioisotopes (Pty) Ltd, won a US$25-million US federal award to supply molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) produced from low-enriched uranium targets.
Friday, 12 November 2010 12:08

Koeberg’s contamination incident

During the refuelling and maintenance period, a radiation contamination incident occurred at the Koeberg Power Station’s Unit 1 in Cape Town on 12 September. On 21 September, Eskom’s management assigned a technical team to review the incident and recommend steps to avoid a similar occurrence in future.
Marenica Energy is focused on the expansion and development of its 80%-owned Marenica Project in the uranium-rich Damara Province in Namibia. A recent scoping study found that the project in Namibia could deliver of 3.5-million pounds of uranium per annum per annum at the highly competitive operating cost of US$38 a pound.
The World Conference on Neutron Radiography was held on African soil for the first time from 3 – 8 October. According to the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa), using neutrons as an imaging probe unveils untapped areas worth exploring, such as hydrogen fuel cell optimisation, geosciences, palaeo-sciences and more.
Westinghouse has been awarded a contract by Electricité de France (EdF), decommissioning arm EdF-CIDEN, to lead the consortium that will decommission the first pressurised water reactor (PWR) in France. The project is expected to take six and a half years to complete.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:04

Uranium resources for 100 years

Worldwide uranium resources, production and demand are all on the rise, according to the latest edition of the Red Book, which was published by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). According to this document, total identified uranium resources will last for over 100 years at current consumption rates.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:02

Thorium: the fuel of the future?

Thorium is a tantalising possibility for nuclear power reactors. This natural-occurring, slightly radio-active metal was discovered in 1828 by Jons Jakob Berzelius, a Swedish chemist. It can be found in most rocks and soils. Thorium is about three times more abundant than uranium and there are a variety of reasons why the energy sector should start taking note of the thorium vs uranium debate.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 11:55

Does Africa need nuclear energy?

“The building of Koeberg has laid a foundation for future nuclear plants in South Africa. It was a great learning curve and it shows that we have the proven experience for nuclear power generation in this country,” said Dr Ian McRae, past CEO of Eskom, at a recent nuclear forum in Pretoria.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 11:46

Does Africa need nuclear energy?

“The building of Koeberg has laid a foundation for future nuclear plants in South Africa. It was a great learning curve and it shows that we have the proven experience for nuclear power generation in this country,” said Dr Ian McRae, past CEO of Eskom, at a recent nuclear forum in Pretoria.
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