Eskom: Koeberg unit 2 back on

2008-08-14 00:00

Eskom announced yesterday that Unit 2 of the Koeberg Power Station has started generating electricity after it was knocked out of operation on July 21.

By yesterday morning it was operating at 63% of its capacity, sending out 569 MW to the national electricity grid. Full operating load of 900 MW is expected early today.

The unit was shut down following a hydrogen leak on the cooling system in the generator at Koeberg. The nuclear reactor side of the unit was not affected.

“Repairs to the Koeberg unit have been successfully concluded and the unit is now generating to meet the nation’s electricity requirements,” said Brian Dames, Eskom’s chief officer for the generation business.

Eskom said the underlying problem of the inadequate reserve margin between available electricity generation capacity and demand remains until the benefits of the expansion programme become available.

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