Koeberg fired up as Eskom tries to avert winter load shedding

JUNE 3, 2015

Power utility, Eskom, on Tuesday said it had restarted a 900 megawatt unit at its Koeberg nuclear station, outside of Cape Town, after routine refuelling and maintenance. The unit will help to further stabilise the power system ahead of the start of the cold peak periods this winter, according to Eskom.

While there has not been load shedding since Thursday last week, Eskom has been struggling to keep the lights on following years of underfunding and investment in new plants.

Government has also annopunced that Thyspunt, near Jeffreys Bay, its preferred site to build its first nuclear power plant, despite the Environmental Imapct Assessment (EIA) process still being incomplete.

Local residents have previously highlighted many fatal errors in the first EIA and are still awaiting the second draft, which is long overdue.