Koeberg power station’s “technical fault” may increase rolling blackouts

Koeberg power station’s “technical fault” may increase rolling blackouts

Eskom recently announced that a fault at the Koeberg nuclear power station has put half of Koeberg’s generation capabilities out of commission.

Koeberg, in the Western Cape, has two units, which each feed 930MW to the national grid, which needs about 30 000 MW to meet daily consumption needs

“Unit 1 of the Koeberg power station is currently out of service due to a technical fault on the main generator transformer at the power station, which resulted in the unit being isolated from the national grid,” Eskom said in a statement.

Eskom assured the public that the reactor has remained stable, and that engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.

With one unit out of order, resulting in a loss of more thnan 900MW in generation capacity, it is still unclear if Eskom will move towards loadshedding today, although the possibility still exists.

“At this stage, we can’t say if there will be power cuts from tomorrow (Monday). We are hoping that other units that were undergoing maintenance could come online,” said Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe.

Last year, Eskom’s national control centre declared load shedding on a regular basis and over weekends. 

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