Koeberg unit 1 going on scheduled maintenance, says Eskom

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Koeberg unit 1 going on scheduled maintenance, says Eskom
The logo of state power utility Eskom is seen outside Cape Town's Koeberg nuclear power plant in this picture taken March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station in Cape Town will be taken offline on Monday for a planned refuelling outage after a safe record-setting continuous run of 474 days, Eskom said.

The refuelling outage would take just over a month and the unit was expected back online towards the end of October, the parastatal said in a statement on Sunday.

Koeberg unit 1 had been on stream without any interruption since its statutory three-month refuelling outage in February 2015. Koeberg unit 2 was currently operating optimally and was contributing 930MW to the national grid, Eskom said.

“Every 15 to 18 months, each of the two units at Koeberg is shut down for refuelling, inspection, and maintenance. This routine maintenance is part of Eskom’s overall maintenance programme for its fleet of generation units. Outages are scheduled so as to avoid having both units out of service at the same time and to avoid the winter months in each year.”

During these routine outages, one third of the used nuclear fuel was replaced with new fuel. Maintenance, plant modifications, inspections, and statutory work to ensure that international safety standards continued to be met and that reliable plant performance continued were performed.

“We are implementing our maintenance plan to increase the reliability of our plant, which will in turn increase our operating reserves and stabilise the grid. It is largely due to this rigorous plant maintenance programme that we have had a stable supply of electricity for over a year now,” Eskom said.

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