South Africa could face more power shortage problems this year. Electricity utility Eskom has announced that Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power plant will close Monday.
The unit will be taken offline for a scheduled five-month refueling and maintenance shutdown. This will be the 25th outage for unit 2 reloading since its commissioning and will also see the replacement of the unit’s three steam generators.
During this shutdown, the reactor vessel lid, which houses the nuclear fuel during plant operation, will also be replaced.
Koeberg Unit 1 will be removed later this year.
Eskom nuclear director Riedewaan Bakardien said that although it is going to be a long shutdown, there is also a need to ensure nuclear safety.
“The two Koeberg units are just over 920 megawatts each, and therefore the largest production units on the African continent. Their safe and reliable operation contributes significantly to Eskom meeting the country’s electricity demand. The prolonged unavailability of the units due to the expected long outages, however, means that the electricity supply could be subject to additional constraints during this year”, explains Riedewaan Bakardien.
In this video, Lungile Mashele discusses the cost of power outages:
SA could face more electricity problems this year – SABC News
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