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End of Koeberg outage to ease South African grid pressure

End of Koeberg outage to ease South African grid pressure

The return to service next month of unit 2 at the Koeberg nuclear power plant will help to reduce pressure on South Africa's constrained power system, state-owned utility Eskom says. The return to service of the unit, which has been offline for refuelling and maintenance, will support utility efforts to reduce loadshedding and meet high demand as the country moves into winter.

Energy & Environment 12 May 2022


Review of Koeberg extension plans completed by IAEA team

Review of Koeberg extension plans completed by IAEA team

The ten experts focused on aspects essential to safe Long Term Operation of the two units at South Africa's nuclear power plant - operator Eskom wants to extend their lives by 20 years to 2045, which will give a total operational lifetime of 60 years.

Regulation & Safety 31 March 2022


Nuclear features in South Africa infrastructure plan

Nuclear features in South Africa infrastructure plan

The South African government has published the first phase of its National Infrastructure Plan 2050. The plan aims to create a foundation for achieving the vision of inclusive growth under the National Development Plan, with energy one of four critical network sectors addressed in this phase.
 

Nuclear Policies 22 March 2022


Koeberg 2 steam generator replacement postponed

Koeberg 2 steam generator replacement postponed

South African utility Eskom has deferred the replacement of three steam generators at unit 2 of its Koeberg nuclear power plant until its next planned outage in August 2023. The move was made due to concerns the reactor would not be returned to service after the current outage in time for the high-demand winter period.

Corporate 04 March 2022


South Africa seeks proposals for new research reactor

South Africa seeks proposals for new research reactor

Necsa - the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation - has released a Request for Information for the Multipurpose Reactor to replace the 56-year-old Safari-1 research reactor located at Pelindaba.

New Nuclear 07 February 2022


Koeberg offline for replacement of steam generators

Koeberg offline for replacement of steam generators

Unit 2 of South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant has been taken offline for refuelling and the replacement of its three steam generators and reactor pressure vessel head. The work is part of plans to extend its operation for 20 years, and scheduled to take five months.

Regulation & Safety 17 January 2022


Cabinet approval for new South African research reactor

Cabinet approval for new South African research reactor

The South African cabinet has approved the construction of the Multipurpose Reactor to succeed the Safari-1 research reactor which is located at Pelindaba. Safari-1's operator, Necsa, said the cabinet approval allows the lead-time needed to ensure radioisotope production is not interrupted. The company has also expressed its support for the recent approval by the country's energy regulator of a ministerial determination to procure new nuclear generation capacity.

New Nuclear 30 September 2021


South Africa planning to start nuclear procurement

South Africa planning to start nuclear procurement

South Africa plans to issue a Request for Proposal for 2500 MWe of new nuclear capacity at the end of March 2022 and complete the procurement process in 2024, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Nobuhle Pamela Nkabane told the International Atomic Energy Agency 65th General Conference. The country is also finalising its ratification of the amended Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.

Nuclear Policies 22 September 2021


Nuclear science points the way in rhino conservation

Nuclear science points the way in rhino conservation

"There is an old phrase, 'No buying; no dying", Professor James Larkin of the University of Witwatersrand told the World Nuclear Association Annual Symposium in a presentation today. "We are aiming to use nuclear science techniques to devalue rhino horn and bring an end to poaching," he said, explaining the conservation goals of the Rhisotope Project.

Regulation & Safety 10 September 2021


Isotope-based project aims to curb rhino poaching

Isotope-based project aims to curb rhino poaching

A new international project to use nuclear science-based techniques to drastically reduce rhinoceros poaching has been launched in South Africa. The Rhisotope Project was initiated by the University of Witwatersrand in collaboration with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Colorado State University, Russian nuclear company Rosatom and the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa as well as global scientists, researchers, rhino owners and veterinary surgeon and rhino expert William Fowlds.

Regulation & Safety 19 May 2021