Tuesday, 27 September 2011 09:29

The case for nuclear power

The Fukushima nuclear power-station disaster caused by the tsunami in March this year, coupled with the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl collapse at virtually the same time, put the spotlight firmly on nuclear power once again.
There is an ongoing debate about the safety of nuclear power, particularly in the light of the recent Japanese experience. 25º in Africa recently interviewed a South African nuclear physicist and chemical engineer, Dr Philip Lloyd, who had some interesting and controversial statements about unfounded negative perceptions of nuclear energy.
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 10:12

Update on Fukushima

The world’s greatest disaster, which was caused by the tsunami in Japan in March, has brought the economy to a standstill, with power plants, oil refineries and many industrial concerns generally either seriously damaged or ruined forever.
Friday, 10 June 2011 15:35

What is a meltdown?

With the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-tichi nuclear plant caused by the tsunami still not finalised, experts are worried about the possibility of a meltdown – but what is a nuclear meltdown?

Lessons on safety procedures from oil and gas industries

If oil and gas companies want to prevent safety lapses like the BP oil spill, they need a self-regulation regime akin to that in nuclear power, said a presidential report released in January 2011.

While we often read about the potential of nuclear energy to solve global warming and energy security problems, we rarely read about the nuclear industry’s expensive history of taxpayer subsidies and charges to utility ratepayers.
Frost & Sullivan’s nuclear expert, Enguerran Ripert, commented today on the energy crisis in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.
The Azelik mine in Niger produced its first barrel of uranium just before the New Year. The mine, which is 32.7% owned by China Uranium Corp, a unit of China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC), will be the first overseas uranium deposit developed by China once it goes into full operation later in 2011.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:26

Japan’s nuclear meltdown

Japan was ravaged by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 11 March 2011. Besides the massive destruction and death toll in the country, Japan was almost immediately forced to deal with a nuclear crisis.
Friday, 28 January 2011 13:25

Namibian nuclear policy due by mid-2011

Namibia will be developing a nuclear energy programme in order to make use of its uranium resources. Isak Katali, Namibia’s Minister of Mines and Energy, said this uranium and nuclear energy policy will be developed to cover the entire nuclear fuel cycle.
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