Latest News

Filters

Filter by tags: Africa Rosatom Clear all tag filters

11 news articles found


Making a commitment to build six new EPRs in France would be an "effective stimulus" for the country's economy as it recovers in the years ahead from the shock of COVID-19, the French nuclear energy society (SFEN) wrote in a position paper published this week. Nuclear energy "ticks all three boxes" highlighted in the debate about the recovery - that investments should be in low-carbon, resilient and sovereign industries, it said.

Date: Saturday, 16 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/SFEN-Nuclear-essential-to-economic-recovery

The impetus for new build is being spurred by a need to reduce reliance on polluting coal China has 10 nuclear units under construction including two Generation III Hualong One plants at Fangchenggang. China, with its state nuclear companies backed by a government hungry for development, is the most active nation for building new nuclear power plants. That trend that is likely to continue, although confirming lucrative export deals for its reactor technology still runs far behind the pace set by Russia, which says it had 39 reactors under construction or planned overseas as of 2018.

This compares to only two reactors under construction overseas by China, both in Pakistan, although in the UK China has a stake in EDF’s Hinkley Point C project and plans for Chinese technology at Bradwell B. At Sizewell C in Suffolk EDF wants to build a clone of Hinkley Point C if it can attract enough private investment. CGN holds a 20% share.

The government has said it wants to build 30 reactors overseas by 2030. China and Russia both see Africa, where about 600 million people live without electricity, as something of a golden fleece and are pursuing nuclear agreements, which lay the groundwork for new-build, in a number of African nations. Small modular reactors and floating reactors could be an option for isolated areas. China has already said it is close to starting work on its first floating unit, but reliable details are few and far between.

The impetus for nuclear power in China is increasingly due to air pollution from coal-fired plants. To meet its climate goal as stipulated in the Paris agreement, China will need to reduce its coal power capacity by 40% over the next decade, according to Global Energy Monitor’s analysis. At present, this seems unrealistic. In addition to roughly 1,000 GW of existing coal capacity, China has 121 GW of coal plants under construction, which is more than is being built in the rest of the world combined.

Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/china-keen-to-match-pace-set-by-russia-in-overseas-construction-1-4-2020

Nuclear energy was a key topic of discussion at the first Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum held in Sochi (Russia) on 23 and 24 October attended by representatives of all 54 African countries including 43 state leaders. 

Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-african-summit-promotes-nuclear-cooperation-7478416

Speaking to African heads of state and representatives from Russian, African, and international business and government agencies, Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov yesterday emphasised the benefits of nuclear energy in job creation and regional economic development. At the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, Likhachov said global inequality in technological, industrial and socio-economic development was "acutely felt" in Africa.

Date: Saturday, 26 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-energy-can-bridge-the-skills-gap-in-Africa

GE Steam Power expects "stable demand" for nuclear power generation over the next 10 years as "the only powerful source of electricity without carbon dioxide emissions", its CEO, Michael Keroullé, said in an interview this week with Strana Rosatom, the newspaper of the Russian state nuclear corporation.

Date: Thursday, 01 August 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Partnerships-key-to-nuclear-growth-says-GE-Steam

Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear corporation, yesterday signed a series of agreements with overseas companies during the Atomexpo conference and exhibition being held this week in Sochi, Russia. The agreements, with Chile, China, Cuba, Finland, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain and Zambia, include the engineering and medical sectors, among others.

Date: Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-expands-overseas-links-with-new-agreements

Four countries have signed memoranda of understanding with Kenya to support plans to establish a commercial nuclear power programme, Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) acting chief executive Collins Juma told the Kenya Nuclear Energy Week and Conference in Nairobi on 14 March.

Date: Monday, 20 March 2017
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-seeks-kenyan-nuclear-business-5765697

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on 31 October signed agreements with Tanzania and Uganda, just a few months after concluding similar deals with Kenya, Zambia, Ghana and Nigeria, signalling Russia’s intention to become a key player in Africa’s in nuclear development. 

Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-signs-deal-with-tanzania-and-uganda-5663831

Sergey Kiriyenko, director general of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, told journalists at the International Forum ATOMEXPO 2016 in Moscow on 31 May that the 10-year portfolio of Rosatom's orders for construction of NPPs will increase in 2016. "At the end of 2015, the order portfolio was $110bn. The 2016 we plan to finish at $136bn," he said, adding that 34 Russian design NPP units were now under construction in different regions of the world. He added that the cumulative portfolio of orders, including construction of NPPs, fuel supplies, uranium products delivery, services etc., exceeded $300bn.

Date: Tuesday, 07 June 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-signs-wide-ranging-deals-at-atomexpo-4915821