Koeberg reactor down

2013-02-22 10:45
Koeberg. (Mark Wessels, Sapa)

Koeberg. (Mark Wessels, Sapa)

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Cape Town - Eskom has asked the public to use electricity sparingly after one of its reactors at the Koeberg nuclear plant near Cape Town went down, the Cape Times reported on Friday.

"The power system is extremely tight at present, particularly during the evening peak hours between 18:00 and 21:00," the power utility said.

It was unclear what had happened to the reactor but an official, who remained anonymous, said it had lost 900 megawatts of power and the fault was being investigated.

Koeberg provides 6% of the country's power and has been in operation since 1984, with a capacity of 1 800MW.

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