Category Archives: DoE

Eskom not taking part in nuclear acquisition

BD Live, 15 September, 2014.

ESKOM, formerly designated the “owner and operator” of SA’s nuclear programme, will not be involved in the up coming nuclear procurement, say Department of Energy officials, except as the purchaser of power from a new — possibly foreign — nuclear entity.

The Cabinet subcommittee on energy security is deep into the technical work needed to procure a massive nuclear fleet. Key to the procurement going ahead will be the financing arrangements, as the construction of nuclear plants has enormous capital costs…

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SA and Congolese Energy Ministers formally sign Inga 3 agreement

ESI-Africa, 12 September, 2014.

South African and Congolese energy ministers, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Bruno Kalala have formally signed the agreement for South Africa’s purchase of 2,500MW of power generated from The Grand Inga Dam – Inga Project 3. The Congolese minister said that the agreement was a ‘key step’ in the development of the project, stating that a ‘reliable purchaser’ was needed to advance the project…

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In depth: South Africa setting itself for nuclear decision

ESI-Africa, 10 September, 2014.

The go-ahead for South Africa’s important national nuclear energy build programme is unlikely to be a one step process; it is a decision not being taken lightly and one which has to overcome self-doubt.

As part of the process, the former minister of energy, Ben Martins, led a team comprising the department of trade and industry, national treasury and department of public enterprises, among other entities associated with nuclear build decision making, to visit several countries. This delegation went to look at these countries’ nuclear technology manufacturing, engineering and construction sectors, as well as to talk to them about project management…

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South Africa’s coal-fired power stations carry heavy health costs

The Guardian, 9 September, 2014.

In the settlement of Masakhane near the Duvha plant, residents wear masks to avoid breathing in the coal dust.

Power lines fan out from Duvha power station near the settlement of Masakhane in Mpumalanga province. Photograph: Kristy Siegfried/IRIN

South Africa’s dependence on coal to generate 85% of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A report from Greenpeace (pdf) in February estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths are caused every year by emissions from the country’s 16 coal-fired power plants…

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State determined to go ahead with nuclear plans

IOL News, 7 September, 2014.

Johannesburg – The government is unflinching in its drive for more nuclear energy and will press ahead with the project, brushing aside concerns about affordability and urgency.

The Department of Energy says it is not seeking “to sell the nuclear idea” to South Africans, but rather to “demystify” it.

It is estimated the nuclear programme will cost South Africa between R300 billion and R1 trillion.

It is expected to be at full output 20 years after construction starts.

Research analysts, however, believe the nuclear programme – which will be the country’s costliest project ever undertaken – clashes with and contradicts the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which calls for a greater mix of energy and has a big focus on renewables…

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