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Koeberg unit shuts down

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Johannesburg, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 06 September 2011 – South African national power utility Eskom Holdings has revealed that one of the two units at its Koeberg power plant in Cape Town shut down automatically yesterday, but added that there was no interruption to power supply.

“The automatic shutdown was triggered by the protection system on a motor, due either to mechanical or instrumentation failure. We are investigating the cause of the fault,” Eskom said in a statement.

“The shutdown of the unit was unrelated to the oil leak reported recently along the Atlantic coast to the south of Koeberg,” it added.

Eskom confirmed that there was no interruption of electricity supply as a result of the shutdown of Koeberg Unit Two. Koeberg Unit One was fully operational, it added.