Friday, September 7, 2007

PBMR Manufacturing Suspended

Paperwork is the problem

A setback to the pebble bed modular reactor (PMBR) project has been revealed in the annual report of the state-owned entity developing these small-scale, high temperature nuclear power plants.

In the annual report to Parliament this week, the chief executive of PMBR Limited, a subsidiary of Eskom, Jaco Kriek, wrote that an instruction was given to Eskom during the year by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) to suspend manufacturing activities.

"The NNR felt that not all the processes and documentation to adequately oversee the manufacturing activities of components at some of PMBR's suppliers were in place," Kriek said.

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