Koeberg nuclear power station, Bjorn Rudner
Pic credit: Bjorn Rudner

Unit 1 of Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station reached a milestone of 400 days of continuous operation.

The milestone was recorded on Thursday, 07 December 2017.

The parastatal explained that this was after the unit was shut down for scheduled refuelling, inspection and maintenance on 19 September 2016, after a safe record-setting continuous run of 474 days.

The previous running record for the unit is 454 days and was set between June 2000 and September 2001.

Koeberg scheduled maintenance

To ensure efficient operations, about every 16 to 18 months each of the two units at Koeberg is subjected to a scheduled shutdown to avoid having both units out of service at the same time. Read more…

According to the power utility, during the routine planned outages, one third of the used nuclear fuel is replaced with new fuel, statutory inspections and maintenance are performed, and modifications that will improve safety or the plant performance are implemented.

Adhering to strict standards

Koeberg power station general manager, Velaphi Ntuli, commented: “It is highly commendable that this great milestone was achieved while also maintaining good nuclear safety performance and Zero Harm to the people and the environment.” Read more…

Eskom interim group chief executive, Sean Maritz, said this achievement is due to the disciplined execution by Koeberg staff and contractor partners.

“Furthermore, this serves as inspiration to continue on this path of world class performance while also demonstrating our commitment to provide secure and reliable supply of electricity for the country,” said Maritz.

Koeberg is Africa’s only nuclear power station and has an installed capacity of 1,860MW and provides 50% of Western Cape’s and approximately 5.6% of South Africa’s energy needs.

 

Featured image: Bjorn Rudner