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As well as preparing to issue a Request for Proposals for 2500 MW of new nuclear "this calendar year", the Nuclear Energy Summit was told that South Africa is developing its Pebble Bed Modular Reactor technology and "deserves the opportunity to implement the complete nuclear fuel cycle for peaceful uses".

Date: Tuesday, 26 March 2024
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The Southern African Agri Initiative (Saai) and US venture capital firm C5 Capital have announced a groundbreaking strategic partnership. The alliance aims to spearhead the development of innovative nuclear solutions to bolster agriculture and ensure food security across South Africa and the wider African continent. This also sets the standard for similar projects throughout Africa.

Date: Friday, 22 March 2024
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The African Commission On Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) and US-based DeepGEO have signed a partnership agreement paving the way for expanding nuclear energy in Africa and establishing a fully autonomous African nuclear supply chain. The African Nuclear Energy Funding Initiative (ANEFI) agreement supports the development of multinational repositories for high level nuclear waste in Africa to promote regional governance and secure financing for vital infrastructure development. DeepGEO said this “enhances the sustainability of nuclear energy worldwide, and boosts sustainable development in a continent that is expected to become home to 25% of the global population by the year 2050”.

Date: Saturday, 09 March 2024
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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