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South African power utility Eskom has reported “a major milestone” towards completion of planned steam generator replacements at unit 1 of the Koeberg NPP. The first of the ageing steam generators has been removed from the containment building and placed in the specially-built storage building.

Date: Friday, 24 March 2023
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The first of Koeberg 1's steam generators has been removed in a project that will see all three of the South African unit's steam generators replaced in anticipation of its extended operation. The steam generators of unit 2 at the plant, near Cape Town, are also to be replaced.

Date: Thursday, 23 March 2023
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Measures outlined by the South African president in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) include market reforms and the appointment a Minister of Electricity to assume full responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the electricity crisis response. The government has declared a national state of disaster to respond to the ongoing crisis.

Date: Wednesday, 15 February 2023
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Pretoria has called for ‘urgent resolution’
The two-unit Koeberg is the only commercial nuclear power station in South Africa. US nuclear company Westinghouse is working with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and South African utility Eskom to ensure there is no impact on fuel deliveries to the Koeberg nuclear station, the company told NucNet by email.

Westinghouse was responding to news that a nuclear cooperation agreement that lapsed in December had resulted in the suspension of a licence for supplies of the fuel to the two-unit Koeberg, near Cape Town.

South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy said in an earlier statement that talks about a new pact were “ongoing and the parties have resolved to expedite the process”, adding that “there was no immediate crisis”.

Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2023
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South Africa's Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has said there is "no immediate crisis" from the expiry of the Nuclear Cooperation Agreement between South Africa and the USA. Utility Eskom is relying on the return to service of Koeberg 1 later this year to help tackle ongoing capacity constraints.

Date: Saturday, 04 February 2023
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Eskom Group Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer said the company will do whatever it can to meet the daunting capacity challenges facing South Africa, even as the company's two nuclear units at Koeberg face extended outages over the next 12 months.

Date: Friday, 18 November 2022
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Delays to the life extension of the Koeberg nuclear power plant would severely constrain South Africa's power system, according to Eskom's annual review of the adequacy of the integrated power system to meet requirements.

Date: Thursday, 10 November 2022
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Government wants reactors to replace baseload supply provided by coal plants The two-unit Koeberg nuclear power station near Cape Town – the country’s only commercial nuclear facility – provides less than 6%. Courtesy Eskom/ South Africa’s ministry of mineral resources and energy is aiming to complete the procurement of a 2,500 MW nuclear new-build project by the end of 2024, minister Gwede Mantashe was quoted by local media as saying.

Mr Gwede Mantashe told parliament during a debate on the ministry’s budget that funding is needed to finalise the request for proposals for new nuclear.

According to an August 2021 decision by the South African energy regulator Nersa, the ministry of mineral resources and energy was given the green light to work towards deploying new nuclear capacities to partially replace coal-fired generation to be retired in the 2030s.

Nersa said South Africa will need to replace baseload supply currently provided by coal-fired power plants, which generate around 80% of the country’s daily electricity.

Date: Saturday, 28 May 2022
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The return to service next month of unit 2 at the Koeberg nuclear power plant will help to reduce pressure on South Africa's constrained power system, state-owned utility Eskom says. The return to service of the unit, which has been offline for refuelling and maintenance, will support utility efforts to reduce loadshedding and meet high demand as the country moves into winter.

Date: Friday, 13 May 2022
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The South African government has published the first phase of its National Infrastructure Plan 2050 (NIP 2050). The plan aims to create a foundation for achieving the vision of inclusive growth under the National Development Plan (NDP), with energy one of four critical network sectors addressed in this phase.

Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2022
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