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Nuclear science points the way in rhino conservation

Nuclear science points the way in rhino conservation

"There is an old phrase, 'No buying; no dying", Professor James Larkin of the University of Witwatersrand told the World Nuclear Association Annual Symposium in a presentation today. "We are aiming to use nuclear science techniques to devalue rhino horn and bring an end to poaching," he said, explaining the conservation goals of the Rhisotope Project.

Regulation & Safety 10 September 2021


Isotope-based project aims to curb rhino poaching

Isotope-based project aims to curb rhino poaching

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, 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.

Regulation & Safety 19 May 2021


Safety concerns over Koeberg containment refuted

Safety concerns over Koeberg containment refuted

South African utility Eskom and the National Nuclear Regulator have refuted media reports that the reinforced concrete containment buildings at the Koeberg nuclear power plant have suffered extensive corrosion and would not be able to prevent the release of radiation in the event of a severe accident. They say tests have confirmed the performance of the structures, to which repairs have already been made.

Regulation & Safety 16 February 2021


Regulator opens South African nuclear proposals for comment

Regulator opens South African nuclear proposals for comment

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa is inviting public comment on the government's plans for the procurement of 2500 MW of new nuclear generation capacity. The regulator has published a 21-page consultation paper on which the public has until 5 February to comment. It will then hold public hearings through online platforms.

New Nuclear 24 November 2020


Nuclear power can speed progress in the developing world

Nuclear power can speed progress in the developing world

If the world is to win the fight against climate change, it is vital that developing countries, including those on the African continent, adopt low-carbon electricity systems that can also keep pace with increased demand created by population growth. This was the message of Philippe Costes, senior advisor to the director general of World Nuclear Association, to participants in the Power & Electricity World Africa 2020 conference held on 6 November.

Energy & Environment 12 November 2020


US government backs NuScale projects at home and abroad

US government backs NuScale projects at home and abroad

The US Department of Energy has approved a cost-share award of more than USD1 billion for the construction of the first NuScale small modular reactor power plant in the USA. Meanwhile, the US International Development Finance Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent to support NuScale in the development of nuclear generating capacity in South Africa.

New Nuclear 19 October 2020


First replacement steam generators arrive at Koeberg

First replacement steam generators arrive at Koeberg

The first of six replacement steam generators for South Africa's only operating nuclear power plant have arrived at the Koeberg site, plant owner and operator Eskom has announced. Steam generator replacement is part of a ZAR20 billion (USD1.2 billion) programme to extend by 20 years the operating life of the two-unit plant.

Corporate 30 September 2020


South Africa starts consultations on nuclear new build

South Africa starts consultations on nuclear new build

South Africa's Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has issued a Request for Information to enable it to assess nuclear technologies that could be considered for a national programme to build 2500 MWe of new nuclear capacity. The programme could include conventional pressurised water reactors, small modular reactors or a blend of technologies.

New Nuclear 15 June 2020


NIASA sets out funding options for South African new build

NIASA sets out funding options for South African new build

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa has outlined six potential options for financing new nuclear power plants in the country. Last week, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told a parliamentary committee he would be willing to look at innovative funding options as his department begins the process to develop 2500 MWe of new nuclear capacity.

New Nuclear 18 May 2020


South Africa announces roadmap for new build

South Africa announces roadmap for new build

South Africa's Department of Mineral Resources and Energy is to begin work on a roadmap for the procurement of 2500 MWe of new nuclear capacity. It will consider "all options" including small modular reactor projects led by private companies and consortia, Minister Gwede Mantashe told the country's Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy on 7 May.

New Nuclear 11 May 2020