Johannesburg, South Africa —ESI-AFRICA.COM — 05 December 2011 – South African national power utility Eskom Holdings says it has returned Unit 2 of its Koeberg nuclear power station to service after more than a month of repairs.
The unit was shut down late in October for repairs to the generator on the non-nuclear part of the station.
“The execution of the repairs to the generator required the unit to be completely shut down. The nuclear reactor was kept in a safe shutdown condition while the repairs were being undertaken,” Eskom said in a statement issued here.
Unit 1 at Koeberg continued to operate at full power while Unit 2 was undergoing repairs, which meant there was no interruption of electricity supply as a result.
However, Eskom warned that the power supply remained tight during the summer months as it performed maintenance on the coal-fired stations.
“Consequently the balance between demand and supply of electricity is under constraint during these months,” Eskom said, requesting all energy users to be prudent and not to waste electricity.