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‘Request for proposal’ could be issued early next year The two-unit Koeberg is the only commercial nuclear power station in South Africa. Courtesy Eskom. South Africa is forging ahead with plans for 2,500 MW of new nuclear power capacity in a bid to boost energy security and wants to end the procurement process by 2024, the deputy energy minister said.

“We plan to issue the request for proposal for a 2,500 MW nuclear programme at end of March 2022 and complete the procurement in 2024 to support the economic reconstruction and recovery plan and ensure security of energy supply,” Nobhule Pamela said in an address to the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to a copy of her speech.

Last month, South Africa’s energy regulator backed a long-term government plan to build new nuclear power units, a move that could help see the construction of new nuclear reactors as part of the government’s drive to end power shortages and decarbonise electricity generation.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
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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 (IAEA) 65th General Conference. The country is also finalising its ratification of the amended Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.

Date: Thursday, 23 September 2021
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The World Nuclear Association (WNA) on 8 September launched the 2021 edition of The Nuclear Fuel Report, concluding that the positive trend in nuclear generating capacity projections that began in the previous (2019) report continues.

Date: Friday, 10 September 2021
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Nuclear energy, as an asset class, has the potential to report well against a wide range of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data collection and accounting metrics, according to a new report from the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). This should allow nuclear energy to be considered as an investable asset class, thereby allowing nuclear companies and projects to access climate finance.

Date: Wednesday, 08 September 2021
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South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (Nersa) on 26 August gave its support to a long-term government plan to build new nuclear power units. South Africa has only one nuclear plant, the Koeberg NPP, with two 970MWe pressurised water reactors supplied by Framatome that began operation in 1985. Currently coal produces more than 80% of South Africa's power. Coal-fired capacity was 37,000MWe in 2020, whereas utility-scale solar and wind stood at more than 4,000MWe.

Date: Thursday, 02 September 2021
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The two-unit Koeberg nuclear power station in South Africa. Courtesy Eskom. US-based Jacobs has  won a contract to carry out essential engineering modifications as part of a $1.2bn programme to extend the operating life of the Koeberg nuclear power station near Cape Town, South Africa.

The project is in preparation for the installation of six replacement steam generators, each weighing about 380 tonnes and about 20 meters long, at the two-unit plant operated by state power company Eskom.

The Dallas company will be responsible for construction management related to modifications to the secondary turbine system. The scope of work includes prefabrication of piping, pipe supports and modification, and piping replacement; installation of onsite scaffolding, rigging and lagging; vessel modifications and strengthening; and replacement of forced air cooler units.

Date: Saturday, 14 August 2021
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Holtec is preparing to increase production of its HI-STAR casks, following the receipt of regulatory approvals and new orders in Europe. The first HI-STAR 150 was loaded at the Cofrentes nuclear power plant in Spain and placed into the storage facility on 23 June. This is Holtec's first dual-purpose metal cask loaded in Europe.

Date: Wednesday, 14 July 2021
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The Group of Seven (G7) countries will lead a technology-driven transition to net zero, according to a joint statement at the end of their three-day summit in Cornwall, England. The G7 is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA. As host of the first in-person G7 Summit in almost two years, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the other leaders "to seize the opportunity to fight and build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous".

Date: Tuesday, 15 June 2021
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As talks continue in Vienna on reactivation of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany), a quarterly report on Iran by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director Rafael Grossi indicated that Iran is continuing to breach the enrichment limits set by the JCPOA, under which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear development in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Date: Friday, 04 June 2021
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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 (USA), 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.

Date: Thursday, 20 May 2021
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