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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.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Koeberg-offline-for-replacement-of-steam-generator

Nuclear power can play a key part in addressing African energy poverty while mitigating against climate change and helping to solve the triple threats of poverty, inequality and unemployment, but policymakers, decision takers and the general public need to be educated on its benefits, says Princy Mthombeni.

Date: Friday, 07 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Nuclear-energy-is-critical-to-Africas-ag

All realistic options that might contribute to global net-zero must be considered, the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) has said in an open letter to COP26 President Alok Sharma. Nuclear systems and advanced reactors - such as Generation IV systems - can contribute to a net-zero society alongside renewable energies, it says.

Date: Saturday, 30 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GIF-calls-for-nuclear-s-inclusion-in-COP26-discuss

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) issued a statement on 26 September welcoming the Cabinet’s decision to approve the acquisition and construction of a new Multipurpose Reactor (MPR).

Date: Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-africa-to-construct-new-research-reactor-9128691

The Pelindaba nuclear research centre in South Africa. Courtesy Necsa/Facebook. The South African cabinet has approved the construction of a multipurpose reactor to replace the Safari-1 research reactor at the Pelindaba nuclear research centre west of Pretoria.

Safari-1’s operator, the state entity the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), said the cabinet approval allows the lead-time needed to ensure radioisotope production is not interrupted.

The 20 MW (thermal) Safari-1 has been in operation since 1965 and is scheduled to retire in 2030. The reactor is operated by Necsa with isotope production through Necsa’s wholly-owned NTP Radioistopes subsidiary.

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/cabinet-approves-construction-of-new-research-reactor-to-replace-safari-1-9-4-2021

The South African cabinet has approved the construction of the Multipurpose Reactor (MPR) 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.

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cabinet-approval-for-new-South-African-research-re

‘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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/deputy-minister-confirms-plans-for-2-500-mw-of-new-nuclear-9-4-2021

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/South-Africa-planning-to-start-nuclear-procurement

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswna-nuclear-fuel-report-urges-uranium-development-9067794

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GIF-highlights-nuclear-s-ESG-attributes