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‘Powerships’ concept goes nuclear

Putting the cat amongst the pigeons – certainly as far as South Africa is concerned – is an announcement by shipbuilders, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea, and Danish energy...

Futuregrowth’s position on nuclear

NUCLEAR power as a long-term solution to our energy woes is a sensitive topic, partly due to the ramifications for our country of the substandard design and poor build quality of...

Nuclear fusion – how excited should we be?

There's been tremendous excitement about recent results from the Joint European Torus (JET) facility in the UK, hinting that the dream of nuclear fusion power is inching closer to reality. We know that fusion works...

Not nuclear versus renewables but nuclear AND renewables 

ON 26 August, NERSA announced that it would support the Minister’s request for a section 34 Determination (authorisation) under the Electricity Regulation Act and published government policy, to include 2 500 MW of...

There always seems to be a catch with Green technology

THERE seems to always be a catch with Green technology. Just when you think there has been a breakthrough that will make all the promises believable, something or other pops up...

Government considers use of nuclear energy

South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (Nersa) has requested that the public comment on government’s new nuclear power proposal. The proposal suggests that government procures 2500 megawatts (MW) of additional nuclear capacity...

Nuclear, good engineering and corruption

IF you take the West Coast road from Cape Town to Saldanha Bay, you might be slowed down by a huge trailer carrying a massive cylindrical thing 20 metres long and...

Zuma claims nuclear deal could have averted S.Africa’s power crisis

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma says a controversial nuclear deal that was defeated by a legal challenge from environmentalists could have prevented the ongoing power crisis. Eskom supplies more than 90...

Why nuclear power for African countries doesn’t make sense

At the moment, the only nuclear plant in operation in Africa is South Africa’s Koeberg, producing 1.86GW of power. This, according to some African leaders, is about to change. Ugandan President Yoweri...

Why decommissioning South Africa’s Koeberg Nuclear Plant won’t be easy

Africa's only operational nuclear power plant is in an area called Koeberg, outside Cape Town in South Africa. The life span of the plant was originally meant to end in 2024. But after an...

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Over R100-billion to be invested in data centres in South Africa 

By Larry Claasen Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to invest R46-billion in Cape Town by 2029. THE setting up of hyperscale data centres in South Africa...

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