Koeberg reactor down: appeal to save power

IOL News 22 February 2013.

Cape Town – Eskom has appealed to the public to use electricity sparingly after one of its two reactors at the Koeberg nuclear plant went down on Thursday.

“The power system is extremely tight at present, particularly during the evening peak hours between 6pm and 9pm. We appeal to all customers to reduce their electricity usage and to switch off all non-essential appliances over the peak period,” it said.

It is unclear what happened but an official, who said he could not be named, said they had lost 900 MW of power. He said they were investigating the electrical fault…

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