Koeberg unit 2 shuts down

2011-09-05 19:24

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.

  • Mpuma Fred - 2011-09-05 19:40

    slow news day I see

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-09-05 20:13

      hahaha, it's hard to think that someone that studied journalism wrote this riveting article

      alice - 2011-09-06 08:42

      You obviously do not live close to Koeberg, otherwise this article might be very riveting for you, like for some of us who's children go to school nearby.

  • BigMoose - 2011-09-05 19:40

    This nuclear power station is almost thirty years old. How much longer before there is a serious breakdown? Time to think about de-commissioning it.

      Mpuma Fred - 2011-09-05 19:50

      That is why they have such an extensive maintenance program. Clearly no understanding of safety systems and power stations.

      redrobot - 2011-09-05 19:54

      and them bigmoose? will we start operating like Nigeria where everybody has a generator in their backyard?, or are you going to suggest wind and sun to satisfy this country's need?

      Lydon - 2011-09-05 20:24

      It's amusing when people who have no clue what they're talking about feel the need to offer the experts advice.

      kidblack - 2011-09-05 22:15

      @Lydon : its an increasing trend. as if having a doctorate in nuclear physics and 30 years experience running a nuclear power station is no match for the discovery channel.

  • Sprinkaan - 2011-09-05 20:37

    Please remember to take out all the bolts before you restart

      DirtyDog - 2011-09-05 21:38

      Or in this case the "oil like" substance. All jokes aside though, whichever way you look at it, at least the safety mechanism are still maintained correctly and are fully functional. Would rather have the system shut-down than bypass a possible catastrophic problem. Nuclear energy still remains the most effective manner of generating electricity. And if any of you have been near a wind-generator, also by far the quietest! Bloody noisy things!

      arthur.amgen - 2011-09-06 10:22

      It not the bolts you have to worry about ... it the nuts who are running ESKOM and the country who should give you nightmares.

  • deathtraplebombon4 - 2011-09-06 07:56


      toleranne - 2011-09-06 11:06

      Who cares? (And please don't shout so loudly this early in the morning ...)

  • Marius - 2011-09-06 10:59

    What do they mean "mechanical or instrumentation failure"? don't they know why it shut down yet? My gosh, I hope this is not the conclusion ESKOM engineers came about. They had since 2009 to remove and to empty that vessel, for 2 years they did nothing about it and now we deal with an oil spill. It sounds like Zimbabwe management to me.

  • Androgene - 2011-09-06 11:11

    Is Homer Simpson on the payroll down there, or what? Anyway, some advice for the nice people there in Cape Town: The oukes who lived near Chernobyl climbed to the roofs of the buildings so they could admire the soft glow coming from the reactor chamber sans its concrete lid. However, this is not a very smart thing to do and will probably be the last thing you see before they take you to hospital on your way to the morgue.

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