Tag Archives: Nuclear

U.S. nuclear outages were less than 3% of capacity this summer

September 28, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Outages at U.S. nuclear power plants were extremely low this summer (June through August), averaging 2.9 gigawatts (GW), or less than 3% of total U.S. nuclear capacity. During four days in August, outages dropped to just 0.1 GW out of a total U.S. nuclear capacity of 98.7 […]

South Africa: Who Will Pay for SA Nuclear Accidents, Asks Japanese Expert

By Dane Mcdonald Who pays in the event of a nuclear accident? This was the hypothetical question asked by a Japanese nuclear expert who was delivering a lecture on nuclear energy policy issues in the post-Fukushima nuclear accident era. Former vice chair of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Tatsujiro Suzuki, told Fin24 that South […]

Egypt: Dabaa Nuclear Station Agreement to Be Signed Next Week

Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker said that the ministry is working to implement the agreement reached during President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to Moscow regarding setting up Dabaa nuclear station. The Minister pointed out that the ministry is currently holding negotiations with the Russian experts to complete the remaining aspects of […]

South Africa: The Risks Attached to Nation’s Nuclear Energy Strategy

analysis By Vladimir Slivyak, Russian National Research University the Higher School of Economics According to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the South African government has entered into a nuclear energy procurement process likely to be completed as early as 2016. So far, South Africa has signed Intergovernmental Framework Agreements on nuclear co-operation with Russia, France, China, […]

South Africa: What’s the Attraction of Nuclear Energy?

analysis The nuclear energy sector future looks to be in dire straits. Most of the current new builds are in China but in 2014, China paid $ 9-billion for nuclear while spending $ 83-billion on wind and solar. French nuclear company Areva, once the standard bearer for nuclear, is now technically bankrupt. Most telling is […]

Nuclear accord creates potential for additional crude oil production from Iran

August 13, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, On July 14, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany) and Iran announced an agreement that could result in relief from United States and European Union nuclear-related sanctions (which include some oil-related sanctions). If the agreement is implemented and sanctions […]

Japan restarts first nuclear reactor under new safety rules

August 12, 2015 Source: Kyushu Electric Power Co. On August 11, Kyushu Electric Power Company’s 846 megawatt (MW) Sendai Nuclear Power Station Unit 1 became the first reactor to restart after nearly two years with no generation from nuclear power plants in Japan. Following the disaster at Fukushima in 2011, Japan began a temporary shutdown […]

Coal, nuclear, and renewables expected to boost Vietnam’s electricity capacity

August 3, 2015 Source: International Atomic Energy Agency, 2013 Vietnam Country Nuclear Power ProfileNote: Hydroelectricity includes pumped storage. Vietnam is poised to significantly transform its electrical power generation mix over the next two decades as it modernizes the country’s agrarian economy to become a more industrialized nation. To accommodate greater industrial expansion and to support […]

South Africa: Cosatu Statement On the Introduction of Nuclear Energy

press release The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has noted the plans to build 6 to 8 nuclear power stations. Reports indicate that the introduction of this technology will cost between 400 billion and 1 trillion rand to build. This large sum of money required for financing nuclear energy will come from the […]

U.S. nuclear outages are low during summer peak electricity demand season

July 24, 2015 Source: U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory Note: Standard industrial electrolyzer (left) and dedicated hydrogen storage (right) will be engaged in power-to-gas conversion research. Commercial-grade systems will be significantly larger. Large-scale electricity storage technologies are currently limited in use, with pumped hydroelectric storage accounting for more than 98% of total […]

China will soon surpass South Korea, Russia, and Japan in nuclear generating capacity

July 20, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Atomic Energy Agency, World Nuclear Association Nuclear power currently makes up slightly more than 2% of China’s total power generation. However, the Chinese government has a stated goal to provide at least 15% of overall energy consumption by 2020 (increasing to 20% by 2030) from non-fossil […]

U.S. nuclear outages are low during summer peak electricity demand season

July 17, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Note: Outage data reflect only nuclear units that have operated or were intended to operate in the past year. As the country reaches the summer peak electricity demand season, nearly all U.S. nuclear generators have returned from refueling outages. Total outages were less than 1.5 gigawatts (GW) […]

Nigeria: What Chance a Nuclear Future in Nigeria?

analysis By Tomiwa O. Erinosho Nigeria, a country endowed with numerous natural energy resources such as crude oil, gas, coal, hydro, wind, biomass, solar, geothermal, tidal and even uranium has adopted a multi-faceted approach to meet its energy requirements. Despite the wealth of resources, emphasis has been placed on using conventional sources such as hydro, […]

South Africa: South Africa Rebuffs U.S. Over Nuclear Explosives

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Photo: Douglas Birch/Center for Public Integrity The Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre was built during the apartheid era, when South Africa’s officials developed a number of nuclear bombs for use against their enemies. Now South Africa stores nearly a quarter ton of uranium there. By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith This report on the stand-off […]

Egypt: Dreams and Tales of Building Nuclear Industry

opinion By Kester Kenn Klomegah Russia is looking to extend its footprint in Africa by supporting the construction of a huge nuclear power plant in Egypt. Nuclear energy is seen as a viable option for African economies. Egyptian authorities have always dreamed of having a complete nuclear power industry to solve the energy shortage (deficit) […]

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