On August 17, unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia started operating at full power for the first time. The 800MWe BN-800 unit is fuelled by a mix of uranium and plutonium oxides which produce new fuel material as it burns. The reactor is scheduled to enter commercial operation later this year.
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has reiterated that South Africa is pursuing a diversified energy mix that includes both independent power producers and the nuclear build.
France remains confident the South African government will go ahead with its project to build 9,600MW of extra nuclear power generation – despite the huge political controversy surrounding the plans.
South Africa's nuclear regulator said it has received two nuclear installation site license applications to build new reactors along the east coast and the west coast from power utility Eskom.
Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, is digging deep to ensure full operational efficiency for the Husab Uranium Project in Namibia during March 2016.
Government says it will keep the development of the energy sector high on its priority list as this is key to easing constraints to economic growth.