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    South Africa to desalinate its own seawater

    Plans are underway to ensure that South Africa gains the capacity to desalinate its own seawater.

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    Why would we desalinate someone else's seawater?
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    Quote Originally Posted by satanboy View Post
    Why would we desalinate someone else's seawater?
    lol

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    Do we own the sea now?
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    what are the odds this desalination process is just an excuse to get more nuclear deals up and running
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    “We cannot wait until then, and have already implemented solutions to use the Koeberg nuclear reactor to desalinate seawater for its own use, and further plans are underway for increasing this capacity for more general use,” said Maqubela.

    How is this possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chromedome View Post
    “We cannot wait until then, and have already implemented solutions to use the Koeberg nuclear reactor to desalinate seawater for its own use, and further plans are underway for increasing this capacity for more general use,” said Maqubela.

    How is this possible?
    Which part? Koeberg was designed to desalinate sea water.
    This is their only source.
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    Its a bit of a toss up between bad reporting and a speaker at the conference not actually knowing what he is talking about.
    Presumably what the original intention was to say something like "South Africa needs to develop/create is own capacity to desalinate sea water"?

    Notwithstanding the locally developed technologies already in place and ready to be scaled up for mass desalination of sea water.
    Last edited by Geoff.D; 17-10-2017 at 12:59 PM.

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    How is it even news ?

    There are already 7 working desalinisation plants in SA installed by Veolia only.

    Probably way more if you add other companies than Veolia.

    http://www.veoliawatertechnologies1....ing/Index.html

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    Could do with some proofreading, punctuation and editing when they put out press releases:

    In the early 2000s the group evaluated over 130 reactor design concepts, to arrive at six rector technologies being the most feasible to achieve the eight technology goals to improve sustainability, economics, safety and reliability, and proliferation resistance and physical protection over the current generation of nuclear reactors.
    Edit: Bit of a scale difference between
    Mossel Bay 15 000 m3/day
    and Cape Town requirement of 200-300 000 m3/day.
    Last edited by Gordon_R; 17-10-2017 at 01:03 PM. Reason: Add text.

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    For anyone interested here are the technologies they are looking at:
    https://www.gen-4.org/gif/upload/doc...if-tru2014.pdf

    Details on technology, not so much on implementation.
    Nothing notable on economic feasibility or sustainability.
    I think it's naive of them not to mention the current environment of financing these builds and the potential corruption.
    The days of engineering only efforts like this should be over.
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    I really do think this is a smokescreen for the nuclear deal that will put SA in Debt for many years further....

    I mean nuclear deal, expensive, but we will desalinate seawater so free water, yay....
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    Quote Originally Posted by c3n0byt3 View Post
    Which part? Koeberg was designed to desalinate sea water.
    This is their only source.
    The desalination part.

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    Gotta love the end of this press statement:

    Given the important role South Africa plays in leading advanced nuclear reactor research and development, we continue to contribute at the technology forefront through our active participation at GIF to keep abreast of the latest developments in nuclear reactor technology developments globally.
    http://inafrica24.com/recent-news/so....RXyynfDg.dpbs

    Important role ?
    Leading ?
    Contribute at the technology forefront ?

    Duh ?

    SA hasn't been involved in nuclear R&D for ages...

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    A major part of Eskom's capacity is unused at night (probably close to 50% I would guess). This directly increases the cost of electricity. Bringing usage closer to 90% will lower their operating cost, and with most desal plants being modular, they can quickly be switched on or off to use whatever excess capacity there is at that stage.

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