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6 Jan 2021
7:05 am

Can Eskom keep lights on?

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Concerningly, it must now replace the shortfall, especially during the evening peak.

Koeberg nuclear plant. Picture: Gallo Images

Eskom has taken unit one of Koeberg offline earlier than planned for scheduled maintenance, after “an increasing leak rate was observed on one of three steam generators”. The unit had been scheduled to be taken offline for refuelling and routine maintenance in February. It’s now expected to return to service in May. Koeberg supplies stable, predictable baseload power generation of just over 1 800 megawatts (MW), which halved on Sunday evening when the unit was taken offline. Concerningly, it must now replace the shortfall, especially during the evening peak. It continues to use pumped storage schemes – designed for peak...