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South Africa is ‘one of the safest’ countries to live in if Trump and North Korea go nuclear

Date: 11-08-2017

As North Korea, the US, and the whole damn world edges closer to unadulterated insanity, we at least have one reason to be thankful.

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New IAEA Document Helps Nuclear Security Experts Investigate the Origin and History of Nuclear or Radioactive Material

Date: 10-08-2017

When nuclear or radioactive material is encountered out of regulatory control, it is crucial that nuclear forensic investigators learn about the material’s origin and history.

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EXCLUSIVE: Energy minister investigates R80m in irregularities in nuclear contract

Date: 10-08-2017

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has launched an investigation into several senior officials in her department for alleged nuclear tender irregularities amounting to R80-million.

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Storm clouds gather across the global nuclear horizon

Date: 10-08-2017

Companies, countries start to question the nuclear process.

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South Africa: President Jacob Zuma Congratulates Nuclear Scientist Ms Senamile Masango

Date: 09-08-2017

President Jacob Zuma has extended his hearty congratulations to Ms Senamile Masango who has become the first African woman to conduct the first African-led experiment at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Switzerland.

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SA’s nuclear future in focus at 2017 POWER-GEN-DistributTech Africa

Date: 16-07-2017

The topical issue of nuclear power and its role in Africa will come under discussion in a one day nuclear forum to be held in Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

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Egypt to soon move ahead with Russian nuclear deal

Date: 13-07-2017

On Tuesday, the Egyptian minister of parliamentary affairs, Omar Marwan, confirmed that the Russian nuclear deal to develop four power stations is firmly on the table, Ahram news reported.

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France May Cut Its Nuclear Energy Fleet, Which Is Core To Its Economy

Date: 12-07-2017

France has been a leader when it comes to not just energy independence but also the use of low-carbon fuels and sustainable electricity.

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Perry: Threat to US nuclear reactors 'real', ongoing

Date: 12-07-2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday that "state-sponsored" or criminal hackers are targeting US nuclear power plants and other energy providers, but said the government has resources to safeguard the nation's electric grid.

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‘Nuclear power and renewables are not competitive’

Date: 11-07-2017

Rosatom, Russia's state-owned atomic energy corporation that developes the Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu, last month started the construction of the second stage of KNPP. 

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NIASA: Anti-nuclear campaign concerning

Date: 10-07-2017

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has reported that it is deeply concerned with the recent campaign, which took place in Khayelitsa Township, Cape Town, hosted by anti-nuclear activist Horst Kleinschmidt, alarming community members on “radiation disasters”.

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SA lauds adoption of treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons

Date: 10-07-2017

South Africa has lauded the adoption of a first-ever historic and legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.

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Cyberthreats increasingly worry global aviation industry

Date: 07-07-2017

The global aviation industry is increasingly focusing on cybersecurity. “Cybersecurity . . . has become a major concern,” highlighted International Air Transport Association (Iata) regional VP: Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Ali Albakri at a recent media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg.

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International nuclear regulatory body selects South African for key post

Date: 07-07-2017

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO, Dr Bismark Tyobeka, has been appointed chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NNR announced late last month.

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Debris extraction method at Fukushima nuclear plant to be revealed

Date: 05-07-2017

A state-backed entity is expected to soon compile a plan for decommissioning the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, unveiling how to extract fuel debris from three reactors for the first time, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

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A Mixed Bag of Nuclear Developments in UAE, S. Korea, Switzerland and S. Africa

Date: 01-07-2017

The world’s nuclear sector saw a flurry of activity during April and May, though most of it wasn’t good news.

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Decentralise, Find Optimal Mix: The answers to Africa's Power Challenges

Date: 01-07-2017

Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa's energy challenges.

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Tepco execs go on trial for 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster

Date: 30-06-2017

The criminal trial of three executives from the Japanese utility that owns the Fukushima nuclear power plant that melted down after a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 got underway Friday, with the defendants apologizing, but defending their actions in the wake of the disaster.

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Hit delete on the "right" to nuclear energy in new weapons ban

Date: 30-06-2017

This week, the UN conference negotiating a nuclear weapons ban released a new draft of the proposed text.

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Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?

Date: 30-06-2017

There should be no winner, no loser and certainly no war or any industry being crushed when it comes to electricity in South Africa,

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Op-Ed: Beyond patronage politics – where is South Africa going with Eskom?

Date: 29-06-2017

Eskom being constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons is masking a more structural problem – the utility’s financial sustainability as a vertically integrated public utility company in a rapidly changing world.

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Ghana to work faster ahead of its roadmap for nuclear power generation

Date: 29-06-2017

Accra, June 29, GNA- Professor Benjamin Jabez Nyarko, the Director-General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), has assured Ghanaians of his outfit’s commitment to work ahead of the roadmap for developing a comprehensive Nuclear Power Programme (NPP).

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Ex-bosses stand trial over 2011 Fukushima crisis

Date: 29-06-2017

Three former executives at the operator of Fukushima's power plant start their trial Friday on the only criminal charges brought over the 2011 disaster, the worst nuclear accident in a generation.

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BUSINESS DAY TV: Supply is important, not the Eskom board’s CVs

Date: 28-06-2017

Xolani Mbanga from the Energy Intensive Users Group talks about the appointment of four new directors to Eskom’s board and its new acting CEO, Johnny Dladla

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Zupta-linked nuclear, coal lobbies threaten future of cheap renewables for SA

Date: 27-06-2017

On the surface, it seems strange that South Africa’s government is increasingly shunning renewables. Prices for solar and wind energy have been falling dramatically in recent years and South Africa is gifted with being among the sunniest regions in the world. 

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SA to review nuclear plans in light of recession – Minister

Date: 27-06-2016

The SA Government would review its nuclear plans as part of its response to the recession, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said in Moscow, Russia, last week. According to a BusinessLIVE report, Kubayi, in Moscow for the AtomExpo nuclear conference and leading a delegation from SA, also said that she viewed nuclear energy as part of a diverse energy mix, including renewable resources and coal

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Energy department forges ahead with nuclear

Date: 27-06-2017

Government plans to move ahead with its nuclear build programme. Energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said it was through the programme that South Africa will maintain energy security.

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Nuclear and coal lobbies threaten to scupper renewables in South Africa

Date: 26-06-2017

South African power utility Eskom recently repeated that it will not conclude supply contracts with the developers of new renewable energy power stations. 

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Cosatu unites with business against state capture, nuclear and Eskom

Date: 26-06-2017

Labour federation Cosatu and Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) have taken a united stand against state capture, nuclear energy and the Eskom leadership, among other issues plaguing the country.

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‘Significant implications’ for design of African power markets as renewables prices fall

Date: 26-06-2017

Recent renewable energy price reductions, together with sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA’s) formidable solar and wind resources, have made solar and wind technologies the cheapest sources of power in several countries, which carries significant implications, a newly published academic paper argues, for how the region’s relatively undeveloped power systems are designed.

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Cosatu unites with business against state capture, nuclear and Eskom

Date: 26-06-2017

Labour federation Cosatu and Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) have taken a united stand against state capture, nuclear energy and the Eskom leadership, among other issues plaguing the country.

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Brown beefs up Eskom leadership with new board appointments

Date: 26-06-2017

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Friday announced the appointment of four new interim nonexecutive directors of Eskom in a bid to beef up the board of the embattled power utility.

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Global atomic agency selects South African for key regulatory post

Date: 23-06-2017

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been appointed chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NNR announced on Friday.

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[OPINION] NUCLEAR AND COAL LOBBIES THREATEN TO SCUPPER RENEWABLES IN SA

Date: 22-06-2016

South African power utility Eskom recently repeated that it will not conclude supply contracts with the developers of new renewable energy power stations. 

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South Africa committed to nuclear power expansion, process to be open – Zuma

Date: 22-06-2017

South Africa is committed to an "open, transparent" process to build new nuclear power plants and the government planned to go through with its plans for nuclear expansion, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament on Thursday.

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BREAKING: Eskom appoints new acting CEO

Date: 22-06-2017

Eskom has appointed Johnny Dladla as its new acting group chief executive with immediate effect.

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SA still on nuclear train, energy minister tells Russian audience

Date: 21-06-2017

he recession has forced South Africa to review its nuclear plans, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said on Wednesday in Moscow.

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NNR CEO elected president of nuclear safety convention review meeting

Date: 24-05-2017

National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been elected to serve as president of the sixth review meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management and Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

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Advances in PBMR designs demonstrate possible cost, efficiency benefits – Eskom

Date: 19-05-2017

Advances have been made in the new Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) design, which show promise for being both cheaper and less complicated than previous designs, says Eskom.

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Tensions in the energy sector are growing

Date: 19-05-2017

Eskom’s autocratic behaviour and resistance of renewable energy supply shows the need for a credible, forward-looking plan

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Thyspunt nuclear power plant would bring great benefits to the region – CDC

Date: 18-05-2017

The Eastern Cape is holding out hope that the planned Thyspunt nuclear power plant will be built in the province despite the nuclear deal being put on ice for now.

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No corruption in nuclear negotiations, Eskom chief nuclear officer assures

Date: 18-05-2017

Eskom’s chief nuclear officer David Nicholls is still firmly committed to the principle that nuclear is the way to go for a sustainable energy future and says he knows of no corruption in negotiations on a deal to procure new nuclear energy capacity.

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The fight to rethink (and reinvent) nuclear power

Date: 17-05-2017

In 2011, following the Fukushima Disaster in Japan, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the country would completely phase out its use of nuclear power by 2022. 

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South Africa nuclear plant to install desal unit amid worsening water crisis

Date: 17-05-2017

South Africa's electricity utility Eskom is to install a desalination unit at Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, as water shortages in Cape Town hit crisis levels, reports South Africa's News24.com.

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South African Groups Take Aim at Govt’s Oil and Nuclear Plans

Date: 17-05-2017

Environmentalists have chalked up several key victories in their battle with the ANC government to block fracking and other exploration efforts by both local and multinational prospectors for oil and gas. But the victories may be temporary.

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Department of Science and Technology budget remains stable

Date: 16-05-2017

The annual budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) remains stable, in real terms. 

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Absence of Eskom CEO rattles opening of African Utility Week

Date: 16-05-2017

Despite great anticipation ahead of his address, reinstated Eskom CEO Brian Molefe did not open the annual African Utility Week, in Cape Town, as planned.

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Fallout from nuclear judgement exposes renewables

Date: 15-05-2017

The South African government is still trying to come to terms with a recent court judgement that has stopped nuclear procurement in its tracks, but the impact is affecting other technologies as well.

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Nuclear back on the table for SA

Date: 15-05-2017

South Africa plans to sign new, more transparent nuclear power agreements with five foreign countries after a high court blocked a deal with Russia due to a lack of oversight, the energy ministry said on Saturday.

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S.Africa: Kubayi decision on nuclear court ruling

Date: 15-05-2017

The South African minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, has decided to not appeal the decision of the Western Cape High Court on the nuclear procurement matter.

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South Africa’s nuclear future to be discussed at African Utility Week

Date: 14-05-2017

Discussions on South Africa’s nuclear future and a pledge of commitment by the water industry to ensure a water resilient future are some of the highlights at the 17th annual African Utility Week conference and expo that kick off at the CTICC in Cape Town on 16 May 2017.

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New nuclear agreements to be signed in June

Date: 14-05-2017

South Africa will sign standardised agreements with the US, China, South Korea, France and Russia, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said.

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'South Africans should not be left in dark on nuclear plans'

Date: 13-05-2017

Lobby groups have welcomed Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi's decision to not appeal the Western Cape High Court's ruling on the country's nuclear deal programme.

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South Africa to sign new nuclear power pacts after court ruling

Date: 13-05-2017

South Africa plans to sign new, more transparent nuclear power agreements with five foreign countries after a high court blocked a deal with Russia due to a lack of oversight, the energy ministry said on Saturday.

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DoE won’t appeal nuclear ruling, but Kubayi leaves door open for new nuclear determination ahead of IRP update

Date: 13-05-2017

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced on Saturday that government would not appeal the April 26 ruling of the Western Cape High Court, which declared the processes hitherto used to procure new nuclear capacity to be unconstitutional and illegal, along with three nuclear-related intergovernmental agreements (IGAs).

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South Africa to sign more transparent nuclear power agreements with five foreign countries

Date: 13-05-2017

South Africa plans to sign more transparent nuclear power agreements with five foreign countries after a high court blocked a deal with Russia due to a lack of oversight, the energy ministry said on Saturday.

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Numsa demands a socially owned energy renewables programme

Date: 05-05-2017

To satisfy the north, the ANC-led government, with their so-called Communist partners in tow, were quick to make energy commitments to reduce emissions by moving to renewables.

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Possible public debate on nuclear gets a rousing welcome

Date: 02-05-2017

The willingness by Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi to open the nuclear debate to the public, following a high court judgment seen as a blow to government's nuclear energy plans, has been lauded on Tuesday.

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Eskom confirms it wants exemption from ‘areas’ of national procurement regulations for nuclear

Date: 21-04-2017

Eskom on Friday confirmed in a statement that it had raised concerns with National Treasury about “areas” of the current procurement regulations, specifically mentioning waivers of certain evaluation criteria that would be required to facilitate the “proposed nuclear new build procurement (NNBP) process”.

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South African R&D spending on the rise but government aims yet higher

Date: 12-04-2017

The South African government seeks to increase the country’s investment in research and development (R&D) by 100% from the R29-billion of 2014/2015 to about R60-billion a year by 2020. In terms of percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), this would involve an increase from 0.77% to 1.5%.

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Koeberg generates R29bn towards Western Cape’s GDP

Date: 05-04-2017

The Koeberg Power Station in the Western Cape contributed R29bn to the province’s gross domestic product (GDP) between 2013 and 2016.

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High-temperature reactor phoenix emerging from PBMR ashes?

Date: 03-04-2017

Early-stage research into the possible revival of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) has yielded a revamped reactor concept that incorporates an entirely new operational philosophy, as well as the use of construction materials and manufacturing techniques that were either not considered or unavailable during the development of the PBMR.

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South Africa Ready For Low-Carbon Energy Production With New Nuclear And More Renewables

Date: 29-03-2017

On March 31st, the Department of Energy in the Republic of South Africa finishes its public comment period on how the country plans to move away from coal and towards low-carbon sources like nuclear and renewables.

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Nuclear vs Renewables Job Creation video

Date: 29-03-2017

South Africa needs electricity, and coal power stations need be replaced as they become old.

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Niasa signs MoU with Korean association to develop nuclear industry

Date: 29-03-2017

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) and Korea Nuclear Association for International Cooperation this week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at improving the capacities of the two countries’ nuclear industries.

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Eskom’s chief nuclear officer discusses Eskom’s renewed interest in the PBMR

Date: 28-03-2017

n 27 March 2017, EE Publishers’ investigative editor, Chris Yelland, and assistant editor, Pierre Potgieter, interviewed Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, David Nicholls, on the utility’s renewed interest in the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR).

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Pakistan joins US-led boycott against UN meet to ban nuclear weapons

Date: 28-03-2017

More than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic. India, Pakistan and China joined the boycott.

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Nuclear energy has a place in SA’s supply mix

Date: 28-03-2017

SA does not have an oversupply of electricity, despite load shedding coming to an end over the medium term, power being exported and old coal-fired power stations being scheduled for closure.

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UN conference pursues global nuclear weapons ban

Date: 28-03-2017

More than 100 countries were to launch the first UN talks on a global nuclear weapons ban on Monday despite objections from major nuclear powers.

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This Is How Nuclear Energy Is Being Forced On The South African Public

Date: 14-03-2017

The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is the plan that the Department of Energy is mandated to update and directs the expansion of electricity supply over the given period. 

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Room for renewables and nuclear in energy mix - researcher

Date: 12-03-2017

Renewable energy falls short of being a base load power source in South Africa, suggests a researcher.

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L3 MAPPS wins Koeberg simulator upgrade deal

Date: 01-03-2017

The two simulators at South Africa's Koeberg nuclear power pland are to be upgraded by Canada based L3 MAPPS, taking into account the changes that replacement of steam generators in the actual units will make on the plant's performance.

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Does South Africa need nuclear energy? Greenpeace and Nuclear Africa go head to head

Date: 07-02-2017

State energy company Eskom and President Jacob Zuma argue that new nuclear capacity is needed in South Africa, while environmental activists favour the expansion of renewables such as wind and solar. Julian Turner talks to Nuclear Africa CEO Kelvin Kemm and Penny-Jane Cooke of Greenpeace.

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Nuclear industry association announces deputy president of board

Date: 07-02-2017

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) announced on Tuesday that Sandisiwe Ncemane has been appointed deputy president of its board with effect from January 1.

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World Energy Council Newsletter

Date: 02-2017

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We denigrate coal as a stable source of electricity at our peril

Date: 03-01-2017

Many articles suggest clean energy will save the planet, but one published by The Guardian in the middle of 2015 entitled "Clean energy won’t save us" is true for many reasons.

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Toshiba’s Financial Meltdown Puts Its Nuclear Projects at Risk Worldwide

Date: 01-01-2017

Toshiba’s audacious entry into the U.S. nuclear renaissance, once heralded as a major step forward for the industry, has turned into a financial quagmire and a potential major headache for current and future projects involving the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor.

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How to stop Zupta nuke deal in its tracks

Date: 01-01-2017

The news on John Robbie's last show on 702 on Thursday was that Duduzane Zuma, the president's son, had flown to and from Dubai at least five times in the past few months, sometimes in the company of Salim Essa, on an aircraft belonging to the Gupta family, President Jacob Zuma's sponsors.

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South Africa’s Eskom Releases ‘Request For Information’ On New Nuclear

Date: 21-12-2016

State-owned utility Eskom has released a request for information (RFI) related to plans in South Africa to build new nuclear power reactors.

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Thyspunt nuclear power station nearing realisation says community forum

Date: 21-12-2016

The most talked about nuclear development at Thyspunt is "getting high momentum and its realisation is imminent", says former Kouga Local Municipality Councillor, who is now the Chairperson of the newly-established, Thyspunt Nuclear Development Forum, Phumzile Oliphant.

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South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator hosts international nuclear mission

Date: 16-12-2016

An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited South Africa from December 5 to 15.

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BETWEEN THE CHAINS: Nuclear disaster looming

Date: 15-12-2016

Now that Eskom is forging ahead with its nuclear build programme, you can expect the parasites that illegally feed off the public wallet to get even richer next year while the general populace gets poorer.

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Government Will Forge Ahead With Nuclear Procurement Plan – Eskom Acting CEO

Date: 14-12-2016

Despite calls to suspend the nuclear procurement, state government still indicates it’s still open to the purchase as it has cleared the way for the procurement programme to proceed.

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Energy minister supports nuclear coming online in 2026

Date: 30-11-2016

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicated on Wednesday that the nuclear new build programme will start coming online by 2026 and that renewable energy cannot be unconstrained.

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Giant Protective Arch Slides Over Chernobyl Site

Date: 29-11-2016

In the middle of a vast exclusion zone in northern Ukraine, the world's largest land-based moving structure has been slid over the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to prevent deadly radiation spewing from the stricken reactor for the next 100 years.

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Did we forget about climate change, or is it no longer important?

Date: 22-11-2016

Dr Anthonie Cilliers, nuclear engineering specialist, talks about climate change and the roles played by the various energy technologies.

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Integrated energy plan to be unveiled

Date: 22-11-2016

All eyes will be on government’s allocation of nuclear capacity when the Department of Energy this morning unveils its long-awaited draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) documents.

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Long-awaited energy plan due for release

Date: 18-11-2016

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has confirmed that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will today release the long-awaited Integrated Energy Plan (IEP), which includes the procurement of nuclear power as part of the energy mix programme.

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Nuclear power generation tipped to double by 2040

Date: 18-11-2016

Global nuclear generation could more than double by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook. 

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POLITICS LIVE: Was this Gordhan's 'nuclear option' or is there more to come?

Date: 17-10-2016

Was this Gordhan's 'nuclear option' or is there more to come?

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S African nuclear regulator building itself up to meet future challenges

Date: 05-10-2016

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is busy strengthening the country’s nuclear regulatory framework, in anticipation of the planned construction of a fleet of new nuclear power stations (NPPs).

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There is room for nuclear

Date: 09-10-2016

The outcry over government’s plans to build new nuclear power plants was based on “misconceptions” about the country’s Integrated Resource Plan – a comprehensive 20-year electricity generation plan, promulgated in March 2011 – a government official said this week.

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LETTER: Law could protect nuclear social pact

Date: 06-10-2016

A social pact between government, management and unions for the proposed nuclear energy project would provide guarantees
YOU published a letter from me in 2015 in which I advocated a social pact between government, management and unions for the proposed nuclear energy project.

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Nuclear power should replace much of our coal plants

Date: 04-10-2016

Coal is no longer king.  Power plants that burn coal generate less than 30 percent of our nation's electricity, down from 50 percent just a decade ago. From Alabama to Ohio and Michigan and elsewhere, coal plants are closing by the dozens.

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Eskom, Outa at odds over nuclear-site licensing notices

Date: 24-08-2016

Eskom insists it has complied with the National Nuclear Regulator’s (NNR’s) prescribed processes in its application for Nuclear Installation Site Licences (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape.

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Presentation by Department of Energy: Briefing on the South African Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme

Date: 23-08-2016

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Police investigating Koeberg drone crash - Eskom

Date: 10-08-2016

Eskom on Wednesday, in a statement, said that a drone had crashed into its Koeberg Power Station site and that the company had suspended its safety officer.

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New York State Has a Plan to Rescue Nuclear Power

Date: 02-08-2016

Ratepayers will subsidize unprofitable nuclear plants in order to reach the state’s clean-energy goals.

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Fail-Safe Nuclear Power

Date: 02-08-2016

Cheaper and cleaner nuclear plants could finally become reality—but not in the United States, where the technology was invented more than 50 years ago.

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Renewable power 'just raises Eskom's costs'

Date: 24-07-2016

Public opinion may back an increasing proportion of renewable energy being plugged into South Africa's power grid, but Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says further independent renewable power production will be impractical and what he really needs is nuclear energy.

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Eskom to establish Specialisation Centre

Date: 19-07-2016

Eskom is to establish a Specialisation Centre that focuses on nuclear engineering and technology as part of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) Phase two programme, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Tuesday.

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LETTER: Science Council is no nuclear pressure group

Date: 04-07-2016

IN HIS opinion piece, Nuclear industry prefers to keep the public in the dark, Neil Overy distorts and misrepresents my positions, which — judging by this and other articles he’s written — seems to be his usual style.

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Govt urged to dump Rosatom-linked advisory firm

Date: 30-06-2016

Earthlife will on Thursday picket outside the offices of an advisory firm with links to South Africa’s nuclear build programme and Rosatom.

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Kenya: US diplomat – Thomas Countryman advises on nuclear development

Date: 21-06-2016

US diplomat Thomas Countryman, an assistant secretary in the US Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, has expressed concern with regards to African countries that have recently shown interest in the use of nuclear energy.

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Eskom promises to plug youth into nuclear future

Date: 13-06-2016

Eskom has initiated a major training programme for nuclear operators, saying it will train 100 artisans as operators at its Koeberg plant to meet South Africa's requirements in the future.

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Global nuclear agency ready to help African countries adopt atomic power

Date: 27-05-2016

The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, has reaffirmed his organisation’s readiness to help African countries adopt nuclear energy, if they wish to.

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Rosatom seeks cooperation agreements for African nuclear expansion

Date: 19-05-2016

Russia's State nuclear agency Rosatom plans to sign cooperation agreements with Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to lay the groundwork for an expanded presence in sub-Saharan Africa beyond its planned bid to build nuclear power plants in South Africa.

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Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism

Date: 16-05-2016

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s negative comments regarding the performance of renewable energy in South Africa continued to attract criticism on Monday, with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry body describing Molefe’s views as “ill-informed at best, and misleading at worst”.

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South Africa: Eskom’s Molefe disappointed by renewables

Date: 13-05-2016

In South Africa, Brian Molefe, CEO of the state-owned power utility, Eskom, has stated that the power generated by renewable energy technology has not helped the utility.

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NorthStar expands non-HEU Mo-99 capacity

Date: 12-05-2016

NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes has announced plans to quadruple its capacity for dispensing the medical radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) produced at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR).

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2016 Budget Speech by the Minister of Energy Ms Tina Joemat-Petterson

Date: 11-05-2016

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Analysis: South Africa's 20 year nuclear family with Russia, courtesy of Tina Joemat-Petterssen

Date: 19-04-2016

EarthLIfe Africa (ELA) and Southern Africa Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) on Wednesday lodged papers in the Cape High Court revealing how Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Petterssen had ignored advice by the state law adviser that a nuclear procurement deal with Russia had significant financial implications and had to be debated publicly before it could be adopted.

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South Africa and Nuclear Security Summits

Date: 18-04-2016

The Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process - to prevent non-state actors, particularly terrorists, from acquiring nuclear material - was launched with fanfare in 2010 by US President Barack Obama with a single ambitious objective 'to secure all vulnerable nuclear material in four years'. 

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Big nuclear build makes no climate or economic sense

Date: 18-04-2016

ThE climate negotiations in Paris set in place national commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This prompted some support for nuclear as a climate-friendly alternative to electricity-generation, due to its low operational emissions.

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Earthquake Creates Pressure To Shut Off Japan’s Last Nuclear Plants

Date: 18-04-2016

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Japan Friday has intensified political pressure to shut down the country’s two remaining nuclear reactors.

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Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

Date: 15-04-2016

Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet.

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South Africans contribute to key French nuclear project

Date: 15-04-2016

South African expertise has played a key role in the development programme for France’s world-leading project to create a permanent high-level nuclear waste repository (HLNWR). This is the Cigéo project, Cigéo being the French acronym for Industrial Centre for Geological Disposal.

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Achieving better nuclear economics – new designs and industry structure?

Date: 30-03-2016

It was argued last month (March 2016, ‘Soaring nuclear construction costs - are they avoidable?) that solving nuclear power's most obvious current problem is difficult but entirely possible.

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Inside factory building Koeberg's lifesaving generators

Date: 16-03-2016

While Areva’s contract to manufacture six steam generators to expand Koeberg’s lifespan might be heading for the Constitutional Court, Areva said it plans to deliver on schedule.

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Nuclear energy essential to fight global warming – World Nuclear Association

Date: 16-03-2016

If the world is to meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 °C above preindustrial levels by 2100, then there will have to be a substantial increase in global nuclear power capacity. So affirmed incoming World Nuclear Association chairperson Dr Helmut Engelbrecht at the Nuclear Africa 2016 conference on Wednesday.

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Nuclear power pros and cons up for debate

Date: 15-03-2016

THE public protector’s office is considering whether it should work to pre-empt corruption in state procurement or only react after the law is breached, says deputy public protector Kevin Malunga.

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Bird poop likely caused US nuclear reactor outage

Date: 04-03-2016

Bird droppings were the likely cause of a December shut down at a nuclear power plant outside New York City, according to the operator.

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SA’s nuclear pebble bed reactor could get second chance

Date: 03-03-2016

A private South African team has been working on its own version of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, which it could export overseas, says nuclear expert Dr Kelvin Kemm. “We missed the first boat, but hopefully not the second,” he said in the below opinion story, which first looks back at the history of nuclear reactors.

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Bill Gates says China is the best place to pursue next-generation nuclear power

Date: 01-03-2016

Nuclear energy evangelists, seeing in it a carbon-free source of electricity that works whether or not the sun shines or the wind blows, are turning to China as a place to try out experimental designs.

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Reviving interest with small reactors

Date: 01-03-2016

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is desperately short of electricity which hist businesses hard, resulting in an average yearly loss of six percent of turnover, rising to at least 15 percent of sales in Ghana and Tanzania report African Development Bank (AfDB).

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Speaking with one voice for nuclear energy

Date: 29-02-2016

The nuclear industry today stands at a critical juncture and it is time to reassess our approach to each other and the wider world if we are to make the most of our opportunities, writes Preston Swafford.

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NRC to issue licence for Mo-99 facility

Date: 29-02-2016

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has authorized its staff to issue a construction permit for Shine Medical Technologies' first-of-a-kind medical radioisotope production facility to be built in Janesville, Wisconsin.

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SA needs more electricity efficiently for growth

Date: 15-01-2016

NO NATION, and most certainly not a developing one, should strive to use less electricity, but should rather strive to use more electricity, efficiently. There is a simple correlation in economics — the greater the availability and use of electricity, the larger the economy becomes. The two seem to grow in absolute unison.

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Global interest in nuclear development on the rise, hears Mining Indaba

Date: 11-02-2016

Addressing delegates at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, Simpson conceded that the capital cost to develop a nuclear power station was about two-and-a-half times that of coal and more than three times that of gas – an issue that had been a significant barrier to the adoption of nuclear power.

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China says will lodge protest with North Korea after bomb test

Date: 06-01-2016

China said on Wednesday it will lodge a protest with North Korea after it said it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device.

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As the world warms to nuclear power, the outlook for uranium is up

Date: 05-01-2016

In the wake of the COP12 climate meeting in Paris, which subtly endorsed nuclear power, and the aggressive move by China to build a nuclear plant a month, the supplies of uranium are once again in the spotlight.

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Nuclear Power in South Africa

Electricity consumption in South Africa has been growing rapidly since 1980 and the country is part of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), with extensive interconnections. Total installed generating capacity in the SAPP countries is 54.7 GWe, of which around 80% is South African1, mostly coal-fired, and largely under the control of the state utility Eskom.

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South Africa Sees New Nuclear Plants Operational After 2020

South Africa expects planned new nuclear plants, needed to address power constraints, to become operational after 2020, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

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Zuma names members of Cabinet sub-committee on energy

President Jacob Zuma announced the composition on Wednesday of the ‘Energy Security Cabinet Sub-Committee’, which he said would oversee the development of South Africa’s future energy mix.

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South Africa budgets for nuclear

South Africa has confirmed its commitment to nuclear power, allocating ZAR850 million ($81 million) – over 10% of its energy ministry's budget – to research and development.

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Minister plans to transform energy sector

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson plans speed up the empowerment of women and youth in the energy sector

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Anti-nuclear tirade is paranoid, illogical nonsense

I read with amazement the letter of Joachim Zimmer (“SA neither needs, nor can it afford, nuclear”, Business Report, June 9) attacking the nuclear information article of Keith Bryer (“The truth of the matter,” Business Report, June 6).

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Integrated Energy Plan to be published by March 2015

Following the July 2013 launch of a public consultation phase for the formulation of South Africa’s envisaged Integrated Energy Plan (IEP), The Department of Energy (DoE) has advised that the final plan will be published by March next year.

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Let us advance with nuclear power

Once again, we have heard the President of SA saying we should advance with the safest, cleanest, most economic and sustainable source of baseload electricity (large scale electricity delivered reliably 24 hours a day, 365 days a year). 

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Remarks by the Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson

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Relooking SA's nuclear law regime (09 May 2014)

The recent publication of the 2013 Updated Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity by the Department of Energy (DoE) has indicated that the construction of nuclear power plants, which would have contributed 9.6GWh to the country's power generation mix, as envisaged in the March 25 2011 Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, may be delayed.

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New nuclear power is SA dependent on future electricity demand (15 April 2014)

Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants.

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Renewable Energy (15 April 2014)

The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (REIPP) Programme constitures one of the energy mixes as outlined in the National Development Plan and the Intergrated Resource Plan 2010-30.

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Martins set to announce new electricity projects (14 April 2014)

Details of SA's long-awaited procurement processes for new baseload and cogeneration independent power producer projects to be announced.

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Nuclear Options

Three years after Fukushima disaster, atomic power has stagnated in countries where it has historically played a large role in electricity generation.

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