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Electricity generation is vital in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but scheduled refuelling and maintenance outages at nuclear power plants around the world must still go ahead. Operators are introducing risk-minimising procedures so outages that have been planned years in advance can proceed, while some are being prompted to rethink or extend scheduled outages.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
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South African state-owned power utility Eskom is seeking to dispose of the state-owned company behind the development of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
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South African utility Eskom yesterday published a request for an Expression of Interest in reviving all or parts of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project. It is seeking investors to take stakes in PBMR Ltd, the development and deployment of the reactor design, and in TRISO fuel manufacturing.

Date: Saturday, 01 February 2020
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Used fuel storage facilities at South Africa's Koeberg nuclear plant will be full by April next year, power utility Eskom said on 26 November, adding that it has begun creating extra space.

Date: Saturday, 30 November 2019
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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
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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
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The South African government has gazetted its new long-term energy plan, which includes new provision for smaller nuclear plants. The 100-page 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is the state's official blueprint for future energy generation, including projected electricity demand, cost estimates, and the sources used to generate power. The IRP first came into effect in 2011and called for construction of 9600 MWe of new nuclear capacity over the period to 2030. A draft update to the IRP released for public comment in 2018 proposed nuclear capacity remaining at 1860 MWe - the capacity of the Koeberg nuclear power plant. Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe told a media briefing that South Africa is not now planning large nuclear units, but smaller, modular nuclear plants.

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
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The operation of the Koeberg nuclear power plant will be extended by 20 years and a nuclear new build programme will be launched as part of South Africa's energy plans for the next decade. The plans were approved yesterday by the country's government.

Date: Saturday, 19 October 2019
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A policy and market environment that unlocks the mitigation potential of nuclear power will enable countries to adopt more ambitious targets in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, a paper prepared by Hal Turton, an energy economist in the Department of Nuclear Energy at the International Atomic Energy Agency shows. The paper, Nuclear Power and Climate Change: Scenario Perspectives to 2050, was presented last week at the Vienna-based agency's first international conference on climate change and the role of nuclear power.

Date: Thursday, 17 October 2019
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation (Pre-Salto) team of experts on 11 September completed a review of long term operational safety at the Koeberg nuclear power plant in South Africa. 

Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2019
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