Kelvin Kemm is a nuclear physicist, Chairman of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation and CEO of Nuclear Africa (Pty) Ltd: South Africa is the nuclear power poster child for countries across Africa and around the world. They have everything needed to expand their nuclear power program. They have been working to promote use of nuclear power, nuclear medicine and nuclear science across the Continent of Africa. It is one of the best examples of countries wanting to use this very important energy source.
Andrew Kenny, physicist and mechanical engineer: The time is right for new nuclear power in South Africa. We have already proven ourselves with Koeberg, which works in harmony with nature and which has been delivering clean, safe, cheap reliable electricity for 34 years. But we must study, very carefully, the successes and failures of recent nuclear construction around the world before we begin.
Germain Moyon, Tatiana Kalinovskaya Rosatom: The new No. 6 reactor at Russia’s Novovoronezh atomic power station is not just about generating power, but relaunching Russia’s ambitions to become a major player in the nuclear industry. The 1,200 megawatt reactor with a service life of 60 years includes innovative security features that operate equally well on commands from the staff or without human action, including cooling systems that work without electricity. The power station’s director Vladimir Povarov insists that the VVER-1200 can withstand a 9 magnitude earthquake or a plane crash.
Alexei Likhachev, CEO Rosatom: "We are convinced that the future of nuclear energy cannot be separated from fast neutron reactors and closed nuclear fuel cycle. Today Russia is a leader in this field. We are building a multi-purpose fast breeder reactor in Dimitrovgrad. In Seversk, we are running the Breakthrough Project, an ambitious pilot center comprising fast neutron reactors and facilities for MOX fuel fabrication and spent fuel reprocessing." Former leading countries in fast reactor technology have stopped developing it because their political leaders yielded to their own misunderstandings, to voters and to anti-nuclear organizations. What will be the fate of these democracies - France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States and the fate of nuclear power in many other countries?