France's Areva to refit South African nuclear plant

France's Areva to refit South African nuclear plant

France's Areva won a contract to replace six steam generators at South Africa's Koeberg nuclear power plant, state utility Eskom said on 16 August, 2014.

State-owned Eskom did not disclose how much it will pay Areva to replace the generators, but said they will be installed in 2018.

The 1,800MW Koeberg nuclear power plant, built by the French and commissioned in 1984, is the only nuclear power station in Africa, and its two reactors provide around 5% of South Africa's power.

The refit is part of a programme to install up to 9,600MW of new nuclear power by 2030, as Africa’s largest economy tries to overcome chronic electricity shortages and slow greenhouse gas emissions. The vast majority of South Africa’s electricity is generated from coal and the government is struggling to ensure that supply stays a step ahead of growing demand.

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