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Koeberg Unit 1 Outage Nearing Conclusion Grid Synchronization Expected by End of October



Koeberg Unit 1 Outage Nearing Conclusion Grid Synchronization Expected by End of October

Over the past few days, there has been noticeable steam rising from the Koeberg Power Station, especially for residents living in close proximity to the station. This phenomenon is significant for the station’s workers, as it signals the nearing end of an outage for Unit 1.

Koeberg Unit 1 Outage Nearing Conclusion Grid Synchronization Expected by End of October

Unit 1 Outage Completion

The reason for the steam is that the steam generators in Unit 1 have been successfully replaced, and it is anticipated that this unit will be synchronized with the power grid by the end of October 2023. However, the unit will gradually increase its power output over two weeks as commissioning tests are conducted.

Eskom’s Generation Operational Recovery Plan

This achievement marks a key milestone in Eskom’s Generation Operational Recovery Plan, a strategy aimed at enhancing power generation performance with the goal of reaching an average energy availability factor of 65% by March 2024.

Safety and Thoroughness

While the process of bringing Unit 1 back into service has experienced some delays, it is purposefully meticulous. This approach is essential to ensure the proper functioning of safety systems and the reliable operation of the unit for its upcoming cycle. Tests of safety systems have been conducted, and more tests are scheduled before and after initiating the nuclear reaction.

Unit 2 Steam Generator Replacement

The Unit 2 steam generators are next in line for replacement. The outage for Unit 2 will commence once the commissioning of Unit 1 is complete.

Although the start date for this outage has been postponed to mid-November 2023, the team at Koeberg, along with the main contractor and sub-contractors, are leveraging the experience gained during the Unit 1 replacement to reduce the required outage period for Unit 2.

Long-Term Operation of Koeberg

The replacement of the steam generators aligns with the requirements outlined in the license application for the long-term operation of Koeberg, which was submitted to the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). It is considered a prerequisite for the station’s safe operation beyond its original licensed period of 40 years, extending beyond 2024.

Acknowledging Contributions

The completion of this challenging Unit 1 outage is a significant achievement attributed to the commitment, sacrifices, and hard work of all Eskom employees, contractors, partners, and suppliers.

It is a vital step in extending the operational life of Koeberg and aligns with Eskom’s Generation Operational Recovery Programme.

The hope is that, if the NNR grants licenses for Koeberg to operate beyond 2024, the station will continue to provide safe and reliable power for another two decades.

Unit 2’s Performance

It is worth noting that Unit 2 demonstrated good performance during the extended outage of Unit 1, showcasing the station’s ability to provide reliable power for 39 years, with the potential for another 20 years of operation if granted the necessary licenses.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced



Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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