South African News

Rosatom Calls For Sustainable Energy Mix In Nigeria, W/Africa
28 November 2016

Rosatom, the Russian state atomic energy corporation which recently signed agreement with the federal government to develop nuclear training centre has called for the sustainable energy mis in the West African sub-region to address health, agricultural and electricity challenges affecting the sub-region Nigeria inclusively. Rosatom Regional Vice-President of Sub-Saharan Africa, Victor Polikarpov noted that an optimal energy mix should take into consideration the economy, security of supply and environmental impact. He noted that not many sources could bring together these three factors.Speaking at the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) held in Lagos and attended by high-profile representatives from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Italy and the UK, as well as by global energy companies, he said “Hydrocarbons are economically viable but very bad for the environment, and natural phenomena can disrupt energy generation via renewables”
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Rosatom to revolutionise Africa’s construction Industry with 3D modeling
23 November 2016

Russia’s state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, through its key engineering division ASE Group of Companies has signed a three-year agreement with Dassault Systèmes, the world leader in 3D design software, to allow Multi-D systems to be deployed across the African continent, where emerging countries like Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria are developing complex projects. The MoU was signed at the third International Conference on Nuclear Knowledge Management held at the IAEA in Vienna. The move is designed to use core capabilities to deliver greater support for customers’ innovation processes in nuclear power, as well as other segments of the energy, process and utility industry. Click here to read more

ROSATOM celebrates science in South Africa
28 October 2016

ROSATOM’s Corporate Academy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Russia’s nuclear energy power provider Rosatom, held a Science Olympiad in South Africa on the 14th of October 2016. Over 360 students from nine schools across Gauteng and the Western Cape participated in the Olympiad which was aimed at celebrating and rewarding excellence in the field of science.

A series of award ceremonies and lectures took place at each of the schools the following week. Professor Alexander Nakhabov of Russia’s prestigious National Research Nuclear University (MEPhl), delivered a number of lectures which focused on nuclear education in Russia and the specificities and safety aspects of Russian nuclear technologies. Click here to read more

Rosatom presented an nuclear power integrated solution for African countries at the Nuclear Africa 2016 international conference in Johannesburg (South Africa)
17 March 2016

March 16 and 17, the Nuclear Africa 2016 conference was held in Johannesburg (South Africa). The conference was attended by Dr. Helmut Engelbrecht, Chairman of the World Nuclear Association; Mikhail Chudakov, Deputy Director General of the IAEA; Phumzile Tshelane, CEO of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa); Knox Msebenzi, Managing Director of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa, as well as other participants. Rosatom’s delegation, which included representatives of JSC Rusatom Overseas Inc., the Central Institute for Advanced Training and Private Institution RAIN, was headed by Nikolay Drozdov, Director of the International Business Department of Rosatom State Corporation.

Participants of the discussion were unanimous in the view that the nuclear power industry would promote further sustainable development of the African continent. A reliable base-load power source will offer additional competitive advantages to the African industry and will enable stronger-than-expected GDP growth.

The conference chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, pointed out that the NPP construction program in South Africa would open up tremendous opportunities for local producers, which would be able to benefit from NPP construction. According to Dr. Kemm, it is crucial that the South African government should select a foreign strategic partner for this initiative and that this partner should have the necessary experience and expertise and be willing to share its state-of-the-art technological solutions with the Republic of South Africa.

“Construction of an NPP in South Africa will help create 10,000 direct jobs; it will also generate a profit of USD 48.3 billion for local businesses and bring USD 52.5 billion in tax revenue to the national budget,” stated Nikolay Drozdov.
In addition, representatives of Rosatom gave presentations on the corporation’s integrated offer, nuclear education, construction of research reactors and establishment of nuclear technology centers.

More specifically, Rosatom offers its customers an integrated set of services in the sphere of nuclear power development, ranging from preparation for the implementation of an NPP construction project to employee training, NPP operation and UNF management services.

Similarly, Rosatom State Corporation offers its customers an integrated approach to construction of research reactors and establishment of research centers. South Africa is currently Africa’s leader and ranks among global leaders in terms of production and supply of isotopes for industrial and medical uses. As the Safari-1 research reactor is nearing the end of its operating life, it is necessary to start implementing the project to construct a new multipurpose research reactor in South Africa as soon as possible.

Rosatom holds a series of educational events for representatives of South African universities
March 15, 2016

The Regional Vice President of Rosatom Africa, Viktor Polikarpov, and the Rector of Central Institute for Continuing Education and Training (ROSATOM-CICET), Yury Seleznev, held an educational event called Rosatom Nuclear Education Day for students and professors of the largest South African Universities (the North-West University, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology) in the library in the Sandton district.

During the event, Yury Seleznev, Rector of ROSATOM-CICET, and Frikkie van Niekerk, Executive Director for Research and Innovation at the North-West University, signed a memorandum on cooperation in the development of professional and short-term education programs.

Viktor Polikarpov pointed out that staff training for the South African nuclear power industry, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, “is an important aspect of both NPP construction and operation, as well as an integral part of nuclear infrastructure. In the future this will allow South Africa to implement joint nuclear power projects with countries in Africa and abroad.”

In his welcome speech, Yury Seleznev emphasized that “our cooperation in the sphere of research and supplementary education is aimed at improving the professionalism and competence of nuclear industry employees in South Africa and Russia. Continuous improvement of staff will enable South Africa to ensure sustainable development and competitiveness on the global nuclear technology market.”

In addition, Vladimir Artisyuk, Vice-Rector of ROSATOM-CICET, gave a lecture on nuclear education in Russia and presented a popular science book Nuclear Energy. And more. Together with the winner of the student essay competition held in 2015 Sandile Kumalo, a Bachelor in Nuclear Technology of the University of the Witwatersrand, Vladimir Artisyuk announced the official start of the competition in 2016. Competition winners and their teachers will visit Russia and its nuclear facilities. In 2015 Vladimir Artisyuk was the head of the jury which selected four winners of the competition. The trip took place in October 2015; students and teachers visited the Kalinin NPP, JSC NIAEP’s office and learned about the system of education at NRNU MEPhI.

At the end of the meeting, the participants of Rosatom Nuclear Education Day learned about nuclear power industry specialists at the photographic exhibition People of Rosatom. ROSATOM-CICET representatives will also participate in discussions regarding nuclear education at the Nuclear Africa Conference to be held in Johannesburg from March 16 through March 18; they will give lectures at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), the University of the Western Cape (Capetown) and the University of Fort Hare (Alice).
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Rosatom signed two documents on cooperation in nuclear education with South African organizations: a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Energy regarding cooperation in education and staff training and a memorandum of understanding with the North-West University regarding the development of cooperation in nuclear education.
The national students’ competition Meeting the Needs for Energy and South African Nuclear Power Industry Development was first held in South Africa in 2015. It was organized by Rosatom Africa and the Faculty of Engineering of the North-West University. The winners included: Ebhard Nilsen (1st place, the Faculty of Engineering of the North-West University), Sandile Kumalo (2nd place, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Witwatersrand), and Mapheto Masibane (3rd place, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Witwatersrand). The jury also gave a special mention to the work of Joe-Nimique Сilliers, a postgraduate student of the Faculty of Engineering of the North-West University.

Antinuclear camp should not snub programme on costs alone, says Niasa MD
28 January 2016

Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) MD Knox Msebenzi has urged South Africans to consider the benefits nuclear energy could hold for the domestic economy.
Amid ongoing debate about government’s announcement that it would proceed with its ambitious nuclear build programme, which sought to install 9 600 MW of nuclear power in the next 15 years, he stressed that the pro-nuclear camp was not calling for the exclusive use of nuclear.
“We are saying that South Africa needs an energy mix where nuclear forms part of that mix. In that diversified portfolio of energy assets, 17.8 GW has been allocated to renewables and only 9.6 GW will be allocated to nuclear. Click here to read more

South Africa analyzes new build bids as global markets bite
27 January 2016

International vendors such as Russia’s Rosatom are stressing the social and economic benefits of a new nuclear fleet in South Africa as the power-hungry country reviews state funding plans on a weaker economic outlook and turbulent currency markets.

South Africa’s Cabinet approved last month a Request for Proposal (RFP) for some 9.6 GW of planned nuclear capacity, allowing the Department of Energy to receive formal new build proposals from the world’s major nuclear power companies. Click here to read more

Exclusive interview with Mr Viktor Polikarpov, Regional VP: sub-Saharan Africa for Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom
13 January 2016

Exclusive interview with Mr Viktor Polikarpov, Regional VP: sub-Saharan Africa for Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom.

Mr Polikarpov, thank you for your time. Let’s start with the company Rosatom. What are the accomplishments of this company that you are most proud of?

There are a number of accomplishments that we are extremely proud of at Rosatom, I have listed a couple below:
• 1st in the world in terms of the number of NPP units concurrently constructed abroad (34 orders in portfolio)
• 2nd in the world in terms of installed capacity among nuclear power companies (26,2GW)
• 2nd in the world in terms of uranium reserves and 13% of the world’s uranium mining market
• 36% of the world’s uranium enrichment market
• 17% of the world’s nuclear fuel market
• Over $100-billion global orders portfolio for the next 10 years
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Nuclear power Nigeria: IAEA gives recommendations
17 November 2015

In West Africa, the Chairman of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), Erapamo Osaisai, announced on Monday that Nigeria could generate more than 1,200MW from each of four proposed nuclear power plants.
Osaisai said this while speaking with State House correspondents after he submitted a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the development of nuclear power in Nigeria to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, local media reports. Click to read more

Nuclear power “only option for SA”
17 November 2015
Global energy experts and environmental scientists recently said that in order to mitigate against climate change and make environmental preservation a priority globally, there must be a move to eliminate the burning of fossil fuels. The full range of electricity-generation sources − including nuclear power − must be deployed to replace coal and realistically meet the base-load power needs of an increasingly energy hungry world.

Scramming the nuke reactor in Russia
08 November 2015
Peeking inside the nerve centre at the Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant in Russia is awe-inspiring, writes Yolandi Groenewald.
Sandile Kumalo, Wits student and future nuclear mechanical engineer, has just scrammed Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant’s Unit 4 nuclear reactor.
Moments before, engineer Joe-Nimique Cilliers tripped the turbine. Alarm bells and flashing lights announce the end of the world in the softly lit control room, but the burly South African barely lifts an eyebrow.
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Renewables are not enough and nuclear energy solutions are ready-to-roll
02 November 2015
Global energy expert and environmental scientist, Tom Blees contends that in order to mitigate against climate change and make environmental preservation a priority globally, there must be a move to eliminate the burning of fossil fuels.
He says that the full range of electricity-generation sources − including nuclear energy power − must be deployed to replace coal and realistically meet the base-load power needs of an increasingly energy hungry world.
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South African students visit Russian nuclear plants
21 October 2015
Students and postgraduate students from South African universities, winners of the national essay competition in the area of peaceful use of nuclear technologies, together with their thesis advisers recently visited Russian nuclear enterprises.
The trip to Russia was awarded to the students who had won the first three places in national students contest, ‘Fulfilling energy needs and developing nuclear industry in South Africa’, held in early 2015 by Rosatom Africa in conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering at North-West University (NWU) in South Africa.
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Nuclear Energy – Tam Tam Express
15 October 2015
Listen to Vice President of Sub-Saharan Africa, Viktor Polikarpov being interviewed on SABC’s Channel Africa Radio station. The interview focused on the fact that Africa is in dire need of practical, viable and implementable solutions that will make use of the abundant resources available and harness these for the benefit of the continent.
Questions asked include;
Is nuclear power the answer for energy mix and why? What Makes ROSATOM (Russian federation national nuclear corporation) the front runner in nuclear technology? What are the many different peaceful uses of nuclear? Why is ROSATOM’s VVER best suited for South Africa?

Sub-Saharan Africa urged to drop fossil fuels, according to nuclear player
23 September 2015

Last week, global nuclear player Rosatom, stressed that Sub-Saharan Africa should be transitioning away from fossil fuels, a move that has been dubbed the ‘energy revolution’. By introducing technologies such as nuclear power, countries like Ghana could boost socio-economic development, while offsetting the regions CO2 emissions.
This was highlighted by Rosatom Regional Vice-President of Sub-Saharan Africa ,Viktor Polikarpov , during the annual Powering Africa conference held in Accra, Ghana.
According to Rosatom, Ghana has implemented energy goals for 2020, which are closely aligned with the principles of the ‘energy revolution’. Click here to read more

Exchange rate may favour SA in nuclear deal – Russia
21 September 2015
During a recent visit to Russia, as a guest of the Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom, Moneyweb found that the Russians believe the exchange rate may strengthen their chances to win the multibillion rand contract to build nuclear power stations for the South African government.
The Russians further believe they have made a very strong and detailed proposal to the South African government about their offering, especially with regard to localisation, which is a key requirement aimed at the development of a local nuclear industry. Click here to read more

16 September 2015
Rosatom moves to soothe SA nuclear fears
Moscow – Rosatom officials in Russia showcased their finest examples of manufacturing and nuclear energy facilities to a group of SA journalists on Tuesday, allaying fears over safety and manufacturing delays.
“I’m blown away,” Yelland said after the tour. “We’ve been given access to areas of a nuclear power station that very few people have the opportunity of visiting. We’ve been right inside the heart of the beast; inside the containment vessel where a 1 000 MW reactor will operate from. It’s really awe-inspiring.”
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16 September 2015
Nuclear a base-load powerhouse
BASE load is a term used more frequently when discussing the energy needs of SA, but it is misunderstood almost as often as it is used. So what is base-load power? It is the minimum amount of power needed by the grid effectively to run an economy; the amount of power required to meet minimum demands based on reasonable economic requirements.
Economies rely almost entirely on base-load power to operate properly. Industry cannot operate effectively, let alone grow, without a stable source of base-load power.
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09 September 2015
Why SA should welcome nuclear energy
The Country needs to have a strategic goal of using much more electricity than currently used, but to use each kilowatt-hour more efficiently than before. This is a sensible and profitable approach.
The intermediate term challenge is how to build more power producing units to generate much more electricity than at present, but in the most cost effective way possible.
South Africa needs to vastly increase its electricity production and consumption.Click here to read more

08 September 2015
SA is not at the back of a queue, says Rosatom
Russia’s atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, has disputed claims that South Africa will be at the back of a queue of reactor orders if it wins the nuclear build contract.
Viktor Polikarpov, Rosatom’s vice-president of sub-Saharan Africa, told Fin24 on Monday that while the company had 17 firm orders for nuclear reactors in eight countries and are in advanced negotiations with six other countries, those would not delay its project in South Africa, should they win the contract. click here to read more

07 September 2015
Rosatom speaks out on nuclear in SA
NUCLEAR energy is gradually replacing the traditional energy sources in the energy balance of countries. The share of nuclear energy in the global energy balance is currently 11%. Based on a study published by the World Nuclear Association, the share of nuclear energy in the global energy balance will rise to 17% by 2050 to combat global warming.
This is due to the fact that nuclear technologies have reached such a level of development that they are rivaling the traditional methods of energy production based on fossil fuels. Thus, the price volatility in commodity markets today motivate countries to look for alternative energy opportunities. In addition, countries which do not possess substantial mineral resources are dependent on imports from neighbouring countries, which could prove costly and unreliable. Click here to read more.

06 September 2015
Eskom backs nuclear power
Eskom supports South Africa’s plans to build more nuclear power stations because its benefits outweighed any cost concerns, the power utility’s acting chief executive said on Friday.
In the midst of it worst electricity supply shortages, Africa’s most developed economy plans to add 9 600 megawatts of nuclear power in the next decade and a half, estimated by analysts to cost as much as $100 billion. Click here for more.

04 September 2015
WILL NUCLEAR ENERGY EASE KENYA’S POWER SHORTAGES?
Kenya is moving towards nuclear energy and the country is certain that in 20 years it will be producing the much needed power.
Joel Kamande, the secretary and chief radiation protection officer in Kenya, told CNBC Africa that the nuclear power programme was a journey of a thousand miles. He added the country needed to take the right steps towards nuclear energy alternative.
“In the next 15 years or so we will be able to realise our first nuclear power plant if everything goes well,” said Kamande. Click to read more