Eskom's employees perception on nuclear power in accordance with the IRP 2010 Nuclear Energy Plan

 

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Gaunt, C Trevor en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Chutri, Mithun en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-23T07:54:57Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-23T07:54:57Z
dc.date.issued 2017 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Chutri, M. 2017. Eskom's employees perception on nuclear power in accordance with the IRP 2010 Nuclear Energy Plan. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26879
dc.description.abstract The future role of nuclear power in global sustainable development, and particularly in the development of industrialising countries is contentious; the debate is often highly emotive. The Republic of South Africa's (RSA) progress towards its largest nuclear procurement program is taking place in the midst of changes within the African National Congress (ANC) ruling party, an increase in global demand for uranium and growing energy needs within South Africa. Major nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl or Fukushima have set nuclear power plant security on top of the public agenda. The internalisation of governance through the creation of responsible eco-citizenship is a primary technique to screen perceived risk, which works through the course of public participation. Participation however, must include those that drive the objectives within the nuclear context. Eskom's Koeberg Nuclear Power Station (KNPS) has a workforce of more than 2000 employees. In 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) had decided that Africa's leading power utility will be the owner operator and procurer of the planned 9.6 Gigawatts (GW) (e) nuclear fleet that is set out in the IRP2010 report. The perceptual impact of this workforce that keeps the country's economic lifeblood moving is often understated, which was the focus of this study. This study had a distinct focus on what Eskom employee's perceptions are with respect to the IRP2010 nuclear new build program. It was limited to the Western Cape Province and included views from divisions that may be involved in the realisation of the nuclear project. It is unique in its context, as very little has been documented on employee perception within RSA's nuclear industry. It is comparative to a public perception survey, which had a distinct focus on nuclear risk. The public's greatest concerns were noted to be corruption, project mismanagement, excessive cost and lack of trust in stakeholders. The outcome of this study discovered similarities with the public perception survey, however here within nuclear safety and compliance to business best practice were greater significant factors. Most respondents had sufficient knowledge and support for RSA's nuclear plans set out in the IRP reports. Dimensions of how perception was created were voted as being heavily dependent on the leadership within the organisation. With this in mind, Eskom employees have indicated that they are more likely to influence the public if they have their leadership's support, and have gone as far as selecting nuclear power over renewable energy to drive towards the country's commitment towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. So while there may be shades of perceptual similarities between the public and Eskom employees, fundamentally this study revealed that these two bodies do not have the same perception on nuclear power. The study revealed that if Eskom employee's nuclear perception is disregarded and mismanaged, it may delay the realisation of the nuclear new build program in line with IRP 2010 timelines. This is mainly due to the concern of adherence to good corporate governance by Eskom's leadership. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Nuclear Engineering en_ZA
dc.title Eskom's employees perception on nuclear power in accordance with the IRP 2010 Nuclear Energy Plan en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.publisher.department Department of Electrical Engineering en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MEng en_ZA
uct.type.filetype Text
uct.type.filetype Image
dc.identifier.apacitation Chutri, M. (2017). <i>Eskom's employees perception on nuclear power in accordance with the IRP 2010 Nuclear Energy Plan</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26879 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Chutri, Mithun. <i>"Eskom's employees perception on nuclear power in accordance with the IRP 2010 Nuclear Energy Plan."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26879 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Chutri M. Eskom's employees perception on nuclear power in accordance with the IRP 2010 Nuclear Energy Plan. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering, 2017 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26879 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Chutri, Mithun AB - The future role of nuclear power in global sustainable development, and particularly in the development of industrialising countries is contentious; the debate is often highly emotive. The Republic of South Africa's (RSA) progress towards its largest nuclear procurement program is taking place in the midst of changes within the African National Congress (ANC) ruling party, an increase in global demand for uranium and growing energy needs within South Africa. Major nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl or Fukushima have set nuclear power plant security on top of the public agenda. The internalisation of governance through the creation of responsible eco-citizenship is a primary technique to screen perceived risk, which works through the course of public participation. Participation however, must include those that drive the objectives within the nuclear context. Eskom's Koeberg Nuclear Power Station (KNPS) has a workforce of more than 2000 employees. In 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) had decided that Africa's leading power utility will be the owner operator and procurer of the planned 9.6 Gigawatts (GW) (e) nuclear fleet that is set out in the IRP2010 report. The perceptual impact of this workforce that keeps the country's economic lifeblood moving is often understated, which was the focus of this study. This study had a distinct focus on what Eskom employee's perceptions are with respect to the IRP2010 nuclear new build program. It was limited to the Western Cape Province and included views from divisions that may be involved in the realisation of the nuclear project. It is unique in its context, as very little has been documented on employee perception within RSA's nuclear industry. It is comparative to a public perception survey, which had a distinct focus on nuclear risk. The public's greatest concerns were noted to be corruption, project mismanagement, excessive cost and lack of trust in stakeholders. The outcome of this study discovered similarities with the public perception survey, however here within nuclear safety and compliance to business best practice were greater significant factors. Most respondents had sufficient knowledge and support for RSA's nuclear plans set out in the IRP reports. Dimensions of how perception was created were voted as being heavily dependent on the leadership within the organisation. With this in mind, Eskom employees have indicated that they are more likely to influence the public if they have their leadership's support, and have gone as far as selecting nuclear power over renewable energy to drive towards the country's commitment towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. So while there may be shades of perceptual similarities between the public and Eskom employees, fundamentally this study revealed that these two bodies do not have the same perception on nuclear power. The study revealed that if Eskom employee's nuclear perception is disregarded and mismanaged, it may delay the realisation of the nuclear new build program in line with IRP 2010 timelines. This is mainly due to the concern of adherence to good corporate governance by Eskom's leadership. DA - 2017 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2017 T1 - Eskom's employees perception on nuclear power in accordance with the IRP 2010 Nuclear Energy Plan TI - Eskom's employees perception on nuclear power in accordance with the IRP 2010 Nuclear Energy Plan UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26879 ER - en_ZA


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record