South Africa : Koeberg Nuclear Power Station to be Upgraded
Courtesy:Eskom South Africa
The Koeberg nuclear power station is to get a R1.6 billion upgrade that will increase the station's output and improve its reliability.
National power utility, Eskom has awarded the €125 million upgrade contract, to French power company Alstom who will retrofit the low-pressure turbines of the two 970 MW units at Koeberg. This will effectively increase the station's output by over 65 MW, improve availability and reliability, and extend the lifetime of the plant.
The retrofits will be carried out during planned refuelling outages, thus reducing the chance of interruption to generation from the station.
Built in 1976 Koeberg remains the only nuclear power station on the African continent. The facility is situated at Duynefontein, just 30km northwest of Cape Town. The stations' two reactors supply 1 800MW or 6% of South Africa's total electricity needs.
The Koeberg upgrade forms part of Eskom's expansion programme aimed at meeting an increasing demand for electricity in South Africa.
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