Nuclear
Eskom, South Africa’s principal electricity generation company, plans a new building programme over the next 20 years to meet the increasing demand of power. The country is expecting the second version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2), which will determine the country’s energy mix and plan for the next 20 years, by the end of September.
According to Eskom, South Africa’s increasing electricity demand is in excess of 4% annually and the utility has estimated that over 40 000 Megawatts (MW) of new electricity generating capacity will be needed over the next 20 years. Eskom is investigating the feasibility of generating half of this needed electricity demand (20 000 MW) with nuclear power.
South African Company NTP Radioisotopes (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa), is currently bidding to become the sole supplier of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) to the United States market.
On 23 February, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by Westinghouse and DCD-Dorbyl for cooperation on its AP1000 reactor design which could lead to the production of AP1000 components in South Africa (www.world-nuclear-news.org).
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 12:25

The safe decommissioning of nuclear plants

Many nuclear plants are aging and an increasing amount of people are starting to pay attention to the timely planning for and safe and cost-effect implementation of nuclear plant decommissioning (www.iaea.org). 25° in Africa finds out what South Africa is doing in this regard.
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 15:24

Emerging nuclear energy countries in Africa

The World Nuclear Association has recently listed more than 30 countries that are actively considering embarking upon nuclear power programs as emerging nuclear energy countries. These countries range from developed to developing nations and Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Namibia have been recognised as emerging nuclear energy countries in central and southern Africa.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 12:51

The Digitisation of Nuclear Energy Research

A collaborate effort between the DOE and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is now making it possible for students, scientists, researchers and the general public to access decades of nuclear research online.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 12:49

Re-visiting nuclear power as energy source

Uranium mining, the beneficiation of uranium ore within South Africa, nuclear power and its associated environmental issues are currently attracting considerable attention locally.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 09:55

Iran defies international nuclear community

The U.N. nuclear watchdog is locked in a "stalemate" with Iran over the country's suspect nuclear program, the agency stated, pressing Tehran to answer questions that have been posed time and time again about its atomic ambitions.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 09:55

Russia will assist in Belarus feasibility study

Russia's AtomStroyExport (ASE) has signed an agreement which will see them assist in a feasibility study into the construction of the Belarus' first nuclear power plant. The feasibility study will look at the investment options available to finance the proposed plant, and is to be completed by the end of 2009.
Page 3 of 7