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Over the last several years evidence has been mounting that a large expansion of nuclear energy capacity is indispensable for keeping global warning within 1.5°C limits. Multiple studies have confirmed that, contrary to the claims by “all-renewables” zealots, no single group of technologies can enable a timely and cost-efficient energy transition, and a diversified energy mix of low-carbon sources, including both intermittent renewables and nuclear, is needed to achieve net-zero by 2050. The most recent estimates suggest that the global nuclear energy installed capacity needs to increase 2.5-3 times from the current 370 GW to between 916 GWe and 1,160 GW by 2050.

Date: Thursday, 28 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsglobal-smr-buildout-needs-a-new-marshall-plan-11398436

South Africa intends to launch a bidding process for an extra 2,500 MWe of nuclear power by March after getting approval from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). South Africa's Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) plans to issue requests for proposals by March 2024. DMRE can proceed with the procurement process after it satisfied a set of "suspensive conditions" imposed by Nersa, the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, told a livestreamed media briefing.

Date: Friday, 15 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-africa-to-launch-procurement-process-for-new-nuclear-11372844

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy has concluded the first-ever US Africa Nuclear Energy Summit (USANES) in Accra, Ghana. The summit was organised in partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Energy and the Nuclear Power Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. DOE said it “provided a platform for crucial dialogues and international cooperation on nuclear energy” where “participants from across the continent discussed the future of nuclear power and laid a foundation for sustainable nuclear energy growth in the region”.

Date: Saturday, 11 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-us-african-nuclear-summit-concludes-in-ghana-11287149

World Nuclear Association and the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the economic growth and sustainable energy development of the African continent through the use of nuclear energy.

Date: Friday, 13 October 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Partnership-to-support-nuclear-deployment-in-Afric

Dr Fidele Ndahayo, CEO of the Rwanda Atomic Energy Board (RAEB), announced at the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference that the country plans to integrate peaceful nuclear technology solutions to trigger the socio-economic transformation leading to realisation of its long-term Vision 2050. “Rwanda’s Country Programme Framework highlights several priority areas such as Food & Agriculture, Human Health, Water Resources Management, Environment Management and Energy & Industry where the use of nuclear science solutions is going to make a significant positive impact,” he said. “Along with our efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we are committed to promoting the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology for sustainable socio – economic development.” 

Date: Thursday, 05 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrwanda-details-nuclear-plans-at-iaea-meeting-11192792

Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi opened the 67th International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference by saying that opinion polls show the "tide is turning" on public attitudes to nuclear energy, but countries "still need to engage stakeholders openly and proactively" in their nuclear power programmes.

Date: Tuesday, 26 September 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Grossi-urges-vocal-backing-of-nuclear-as-IAEA-gath

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Saudi Arabia is considering a Chinese proposal to build a NPP. Citing Saudi sources acquainted with the situation, WSJ said China National Nuclear Corp (SNNS) had submitted a bid to construct a nuclear plant in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, close to the border with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssaudi-arabia-reportedly-considers-chinese-bid-for-npp-11105735

The Republic of Burundi and Russia have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on peaceful uses of nuclear technology. It was signed as the Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum takes place in St Petersburg.

Date: Friday, 28 July 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Burundi-and-Ethiopia-among-Russia-Africa-nuclear-c

In an interview for the World Nuclear News podcast Lassina Zerbo, the former head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization and current chairman of the Rwanda Atomic Energy Board, set out his views on the prospects for nuclear energy in Africa in the years ahead.

Date: Wednesday, 12 July 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/In-Quotes-Lassina-Zerbo-on-nuclear-energy-and-Afri