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Esmarie Iannucci


Esmarie Iannucci is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia for Mining Weekly.


Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

Life beyond nuclear electricity for PBMR

10th August 2007 The pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) earned its first revenue when the US Department of Energy awarded a R23-million contract to a Westinghouse and PBMR consortium for the first phase of engineering work, for the next-generation nuclear plant (NGNP), managed by the Idaho National Laboratory. The... 

PBMR tests heating up at Potchefstroom

10th August 2007 In May this year, the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) heat transfer test facility (HTTF) was completed in April this year, states M-Tech industrial executive director Dr Pieter Rousseau. The company designed and built the plant, and is also responsible for commissioning and operation of the... 

Fuel for thought - PBMR fuel set for year-end production

10th August 2007 The first pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) fuel containing uranium, is planned to be produced toward the end of the year at the company's fuel development laboratories at Pelindaba. The South African nuclear energy corporation (Necsa) will assist PBMR in certain phases of the manufacturing. 

PBMR power station construction scheduled for 2009

10th August 2007 Construction of the first pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) power station at the Koeberg site near Cape Town, is currently scheduled for 2009, reports PBMR corporate communications senior manager Tom Ferreira. He attributes this delay from the original 2007 construction start date part to,... 

Tests in full swing at helium test facility

10th August 2007 A number of tests have been successfully completed at the pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) helium test facility (HTF) at Pelindaba. The HTF was specifically designed and constructed to provide a high temperature, high pressure helium environment. 

Gautrain project creates hot properties

3rd August 2007 The property in areas surrounding the intended Gautrain route are experiencing a boom in both development and pricing. 

Rural area renewable energy implementation hampered by negative

27th July 2007 A current year-long project, run by the sustainable energy futures (SEF) research group of the natural resources and the environment unit of the council for science and industrial research (CSIR), to investigate the implementation of integrated energy systems in rural areas, has determined that... 

Banking on renewables

27th July 2007 Commercial financier Nedbank is currently investigating the possibility of investing in several hydroelectricity projects around the African continent. 'One of the projects we are exploring makes use of minihydro units, and electricity is sold on a prepaid system. Since the river is located... 

Cape project fells greenhouse gases from wood waste

27th July 2007 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) in association with black economic-empowerment partner Carbon and Environmental Options (C&EO), has launched a special-purpose vehicle to produce electricity from wood waste, in the Southern Cape. The CCE Energy Solutions project construction is set to take place... 

Darling set for November spin-off

27th July 2007 With the construction of the Darling wind farm well under way, Darling Wind Power CEO Hermann Oelsner says the erection of the first four turbines is expected to take place during October, with operation of the turbines set to begin on November 1, 2007. 


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