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 Half empty in the West, and half full in a handful of centrally planned economies, nuclear power’s prospects appear to be doomed in markets where private investors tend to make the decisions and assume the risks; while in other parts of the world, where central governments make the calls and the public’s approval is not as critical, its prospects may be better… (more)


Communications around the Fukushima accident were never going to be easy. But a carefree handling of the safety scale used has possibly done more harm than good. The nuclear industry, understandably indulgent with the Japanese administration in the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima accident that happened in March 2011, has been growing increasingly impatient with the way recent developments have been communicated… (more)

The cancellation of the pebble bed modular reactor project may have seemed to many as the end of the small modular reactor (SMR) concept. There are however, many projects in development worldwide, some of which are reaching fruition and which could provide an alternative to large plants, as they offer the promise of reduced cost and faster construction times… (more)

“Is Chernobyl dead? Essays on energy – renewable and nuclear” by CM Meyer is a fascinating new book, breathtaking in its scope and gripping in its coverage. The 302-page book has 51 easy-to-read chapters (essays), each one essentially self-contained and extensively referenced, woven together to form the whole. There are also over 100 figures and pictures, many of them rare and retrieved from international archives, with significant historical interest… (more)

At long last, the cabinet has approved and published the national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP 2010. Now this just has to be passed by parliament and published in the Government Gazette. Let’s hope there will not be further delays, and that a measure of certainty will prevail so that the electricity sector can get down to work. But what is IRP 2010? Why is it important? And what exactly does it say?… (more)

September 1 has come and gone, and the latest news is that the promised public discussion of the IRP2 will be delayed “for a few weeks”. How long this will be is unknown but is another source of frustration for those who have been preparing for this event. The big question around the IRP 2010 is not so much the long term plans, but the short term, particularly the amount of renewable energy which will be contained in the portfolio… (more)

First, I must disagree with your love of diversity.  Technologies become more robust as they are more widely applied, and that is particularly true in a single economy.  I give you the example of France, which decided to go nuclear.  It now has 58 reactors of essentially an identical design… (more)

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has announced that Ayanda Myoli of Necsa has been seconded to NIASA as the Chief Executive Officer of the association from 1 April 2010. He will assume the duties performed by Gert Claassen who will retire on 31 March 2010… (more)

Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, humankind has managed to extract ever increasing amounts of fossil fuels to feed a growing global economy. Every now and then an obstacle would present itself, but human ingenuity and advancements in technology would typically fix the problem… (more)

In my humble opinion, as an architect wishing to partake in sustainable design for the future, I have to say that the nuclear option is of great concern. We need some assurances, from our own governments and not the French, that we can actually take care of the waste for the next couple of thousand years. The costs of electricity in South Africa used to be one of the cheapest in the world, and now we are finding that we need some R300-billion to finance new power plants… ( more)

There has been renewed speculation about future power stations in South Africa since December 2008, when Eskom, after receiving tenders from two vendors for new nuclear power stations, decided not to place an order. South Africa has a critical shortage of generation capacity. In a healthy electricity grid the reserve margin should be about 15%. The reserve margin quoted by Eskom is 8%, but in practice it could be as low as zero… ( more)

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