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Not out of the woods yet, but there is visible progress – Eskom CEO

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2024 On day 55 of no loadshedding in South Africa, newly appointed Eskom boss Dan Marokane warns that the country is “not of out the woods yet, but we have visible progress towards where we want to be, and we should acknowledge that”. Speaking at Enlit Africa 2024 held in Cape Town on Tuesday – on day... 

IAEA expert team in Uganda to support country’s uranium production plans

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th May 2024 A specialist expert mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is currently in Uganda to undertake a review connected with the East African country’s nuclear energy ambitions, specialist news agency World Nuclear News reports. Uganda plans to construct 24 000 MWe of nuclear energy... 

UK creating regulatory framework for nuclear fusion plants – simpler, easier, than for fission

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th May 2024 The UK Government has initiated the consultation process for its proposed policy to regulate the siting of commercial nuclear fusion reactors in England. (Siting policies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are the responsibility for their respective devolved regional governments.) The UK... 

Opinion: A symphony of solutions – South Africa’s tech-agnostic energy mix

10th May 2024 In this article, renewable energy solutions provider Scatec sub-Saharan Africa project development VP Alberto Gambacorta writes about the need for South Africa to adopt a technology-agnostic and diversified approach to power generation. 

Scatec's Kalkbult solar plant

Nuclear associations call on G7 States to strengthen the sector to fight climate change

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th April 2024 Eight major international and national nuclear industry associations have urged the Group of Seven (G7) major democratic industrial economies to take steps to further develop nuclear energy capacity and technology, to help counter climate change. They also welcomed the opportunity to provide... 

Electricity outlook for winter  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for South Africa's electricity sector. 

Electricity outlook for winter
Electricity outlook for winter

Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2024 Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's ability to ensure cost-effective electricity supply, energy security and to uphold the Constitutional... 

A coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the fast-approaching deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 and stakeholders' likely reaction. 

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching

Conclusions in opaque IRP 2023 are ‘incorrect and economically damaging’ 

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2024 In an excoriating assessment of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), Meridian Economics points to serious problems with the modelling and cost assumptions used by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), which the consultancy says has resulted in “incorrect and... 

Unconstrained IRP would have far more wind and solar PV, analysis shows
Unconstrained IRP would have far more wind and solar PV, analysis shows

Energy Council of South Africa joins World Energy Council

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2024 The Energy Council of South Africa has become a member of the United Nations-affiliated global body the World Energy Council (WEC), which will serve to strengthen the standing of the Energy Council of South Africa and provide access to a range of international resources and global networks, as... 

Mozambique seeks to end 50-year hydropower pact with South Africa

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2024 Mozambique plans to end half a century of hydropower supply to South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility, raising risks for the continent’s most industrialized economy and threatening the viability of Africa’s second-biggest aluminum smelter. In the country’s yet-to-be published energy... 

The Cahora Bassa hydropower plant
The Cahora Bassa hydropower plant

DMRE to remodel draft IRP 2023 in light of new information, curtailment plans 

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2024 Many of the submissions the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has received from the first round of public engagements about the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) in January have revealed new sources of data to consider in the plan’s modelling, DMRE energy planning... 

Power lines with the Kendal power station in the background

NNR approves the separation of the operating timelines of Koeberg’s nuclear reactors 

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th January 2024 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has announced that it has approved the request of national electricity utility Eskom to separate the operational timelines for the two reactors of the Koeberg nuclear power plant (NPP). Koeberg, located on South Africa’s west coast, near Cape Town, is the... 

The Koeberg nuclear power plant

Africa’s flatlining electricity trajectory requires urgent intervention – IEA 

By: Terence Creamer     24th January 2024 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report on electricity highlights that per person electricity demand across Africa has been stagnant for three decades, making the continent a worrying outlier in electricity demand trends. As of 2023, 600-million people, or more than 40% of the African... 

Big divergence as African electricity demand flatlined over the past three decades and India and South East Asia's surged
Photo by IEA
Big divergence as African electricity demand flatlined over the past three decades and India and South East Asia's surged

Koeberg manager suspended by De Ruyter is back and is 'crucially needed', says Eskom  

By: News24Wire      22nd January 2024 Velaphi Ntuli has returned as the general manager of Koeberg nuclear power station after he was suspended in June 2021 over performance issues - allegations of which he has since been cleared. At the time of his suspension, Koeberg's Unit 1 had not returned to service in May 2021 as scheduled.... 

Koeberg nuclear power station
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Koeberg nuclear power station

Nuclear energy conference in Ghana in May to be hosted by that country’s President

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2024 The Africa Nuclear Business Platform (AFNBP) has announced that its 2024 conference, to be held in Accra, Ghana, from May 27 to May 30, will be attended by Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The host agency for the AFNBP 2024 conference will be Ghana’s Ministry of Energy. “Many... 

Proposed new IRP met with some skepticism  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the background to the publication for public comment of the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP); the main changes in the IRP 2023, compared with the IRP 2019; the initial reaction to the new IRP; and the public commentary process. 

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Proposed new IRP met with some skepticism

UK to invest hundreds of millions into the production of fuel for advanced reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th January 2024 The UK government has announced that it is to invest £300-million in the creation of a commercial-scale production plant for high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel for nuclear reactors. It will be located in the north-west of England. HALEU is defined as uranium that is enriched to more... 

South Africa's new energy plan is 'shoddy' and will probably fail – analysts

By: News24Wire      6th January 2024 South Africa's new energy generation plan lacks detail and leaves many unanswered questions, according to some energy analysts. The long-awaited draft of the Integrated Energy Plan (IRP) of 2023 was gazetted for public comment this week. 

Wind turbines and solar PV panels

Outa questions Gazprombank, nuclear procurement announcements

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th December 2023 This week’s announcements of government’s plan to pursue the procurement process for 2 500 MW of new nuclear capacity, along with Cabinet’s decision to endorse a R3.7-billion investment deal between PetroSA and Gazprombank to resuscitate the gas-to-liquids refinery in Mossel Bay, “appear to have... 

Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage
Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage

Refinery partnership, new nuclear procurement raises questions  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the controversial decision by Cabinet to approve a proposed partnership with a Russian company to support the restart of the mothballed gas-to-liquids refinery in Mossel Bay, as well as proposed plans for government to procure 2 500 MW of new... 

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Refinery partnership, new nuclear procurement raises questions

South Africa to release 2 500 MW nuclear RFP by March, despite electricity plan review  

By: Terence Creamer     12th December 2023 The South African government will publish a request for proposals (RFP) for 2 500 MW of new nuclear capacity by March 2024, following the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) concurrence with a procurement determination published in 2020. Nersa’s concurrence, which was provided... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

Koeberg Unit 2 to return in Sept, heightening risk of both units being out simultaneously  

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2023 Eskom generation head Bheki Nxumalo has indicated that an extended outage at Koeberg Unit 2, which begins on December 11, is currently expected to continue until September 2024, increasing the prospect of both Koeberg units being out of service simultaneously from late July next year. Nxumalo... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station behind transmission lines
The Koeberg nuclear power station behind transmission lines

IRP update approved by Cabinet includes new coal decommissioning schedule 

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2023 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that Cabinet has approved the release of an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public comment and also confirms that the document contains a revised decommissioning schedule for Eskom’s aged coal power stations when compared with the... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has confirmed that the IRP update contains a revised decommissioning schedule for Eskom’s aged coal power stations.
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has confirmed that the IRP update contains a revised decommissioning schedule for Eskom’s aged coal power stations.

Eskom's new CEO confirmed

By: News24Wire      8th December 2023 Daniel Leseja Marokane has been appointed as chief executive officer of Eskom. On Friday afternoon, Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan said Marokane would join Eskom no later than 31 March 2024. 

Dan Marokane
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Dan Marokane

South Africa set to pick Dan Marokane as new Eskom CEO

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2023 Dan Marokane is expected to be appointed as the new CEO of South Africa’s state power utility Eskom Holdings after an almost year-long search for a candidate, according to people familiar with the decision. The company’s failure to boost generation from its old and poorly maintained power plants... 

Eskom's Megawatt Park office

Concerns linger over Koeberg's life extension  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the outlook for the Koeberg life-extension operation following significant delays and rising safety concerns. 

Concerns linger over Koeberg's life extension
Concerns linger over Koeberg's life extension

Global nuclear energy summit announced for early next year

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th December 2023 The intergovernmental International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo have jointly announced that an international summit-level conference on nuclear energy would take place in... 

Both Koeberg units to be offline from July unless NNR approves Eskom’s licence decoupling request in Jan  

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2023 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will decide in January whether to grant Eskom’s request for the Koeberg Unit 1 and Unit 2 licences to be separated to reflect a later commercial operation date for Unit 2 to enable the unit’s continued operation beyond July 2024. Should the NNR board refuse... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
The Koeberg nuclear power station

South Africa has hosted major nuclear energy school for African countries 

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th November 2023 The fourth International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) school for Africa was held in Cape Town, from November 13 to November 24, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has highlighted. Necsa hosted the school, on behalf of South Africa’s Department of... 

Necsa Group CEO Loyiso Tyabashe
Necsa Group CEO Loyiso Tyabashe

Cabinet approves Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan

By: Darren Parker     20th November 2023 Cabinet has approved the Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JET-IP), Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni announced in a briefing in Pretoria on November 20. “The implementation plan will guide South Africa's transition to a low-carbon economy through the scaling up of... 

Wind turbines, solar panels and power pylons

Public hearings for Koeberg life extension to start in February

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2023 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will hold public hearings into State-owned utility Eskom's application to extend the operational life of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station (KNPS) by 20 years, in February next year. Eskom is currently authorised to operate the KNPS, which comprises two... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station

Eskom says Koeberg Unit 1 being started as another resumption target is missed

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2023 Eskom reports that it has received permission from the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) to restart Koeberg Unit 1, but has once again missed a recently updated target date for grid synchronisation. 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
Photo by Creamer Media
The Koeberg nuclear power station

South Africa still weighing impact of charging Eskom interest

By: Bloomberg     9th November 2023 South Africa is still assessing the effect of adding interest to a R254-billion debt relief package for state-owned Eskom Holdings as the company prepares to split into three, according to a National Treasury official. Treasury announced in last week’s budget that it would convert the loans in... 

Flags with the eskom logo

Mantashe seeks to extend life of coal-fired power stations

3rd November 2023 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has called on the private sector to “please and come talk to us” if they have any ideas on extending the life of South Africa’s fleet of coal-fired power stations. “There are many that have been earmarked for decommissioning because they are... 

‘Nuclear renaissance’ being driven by new, safer and more efficient reactors  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2023 A panel of experts has found that new technology in the nuclear space is enabling a nuclear renaissance after two decades of low investment into new projects in this sector, especially as energy mixes are becoming more diversified globally. Speaking on a panel hosted by British newspaper... 

Municipalities owing Eskom R56.8bn apply to participate in debt write-off scheme

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2023 The National Treasury has confirmed that a total of 67 municipalities, which collectively owe Eskom R56.8-billion, or 97% of the municipal arrears debt of over R58-billion owed to the utility at the end of March, have formally applied to participate in the debt write-off programme. The National... 

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