Emergency evacuation sirens, meant to warn Cape Town residents of a problem at the Koeberg power station, sounded on Thursday – but this was a false alarm.
Eskom has decided not to replace the steam generators at unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station as planned this year over fears it could contribute to winter power cuts.
Energy minister Gwede Mantashe said he suspended a community representative from the board of the regulator because he’s an opponent of atomic power.
Energy minister Gwede Mantashe is being sued following the suspension of a National Nuclear Regulator board member who also works with a group fighting the lifetime extension of Koeberg.
Eskom will from Monday carry out a staggered shutdown of both units of its Koeberg nuclear power station for scheduled refuelling and maintenance.
Unit 1 at the Koeberg nuclear power station near Cape Town tripped on Monday, but Eskom – which operates the facility – said there is no reason for concern about safety.
An acute ingress of marine life, including fish and jellyfish, clogged a drum filter at Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, causing unit 1 at the facility to trip on 10 March.
Eskom can’t say when exactly the current bout of rolling blackouts will end. The state-owned power monopoly said on Wednesday that load shedding will continue until at least the weekend.
Unit 1 at the Koeberg nuclear power station near Cape Town tripped on Tuesday, forcing Eskom to implement stage-4 load shedding at short notice.
Nuclear energy in South Africa is a highly contentious issue. The decision on whether to proceed with the construction of a fleet of nuclear power plants is destined to become the financially most far-reaching and consequential defining