Koeberg unit 2 shuts down
Cape Town - Unit 2 of Eskom's Koeberg power station shut down on Monday, in what the power utility said was an automated safety procedure.
"The automatic shutdown was triggered by the protection system on a motor due either to mechanical or instrumentation failure, but the unit is in a safe and stable condition" Eskom said in a statement.
It said it is investigating the cause of the fault.
Eskom stressed that the shutdown of the unit was unrelated to the oil spill at Bloubergstrand, where the Seli 1, a Turkish vessel that ran aground in September 2009 and which started breaking up on Friday night, leaked crude oil into the ocean.
There was no interruption of electricity supply as a result of the shutdown, and Koeberg Unit 1 remains fully operational, the utility said.