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AfrElec: Risk of South Africa’s NPP shutdown is growing, energy expert warns

South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant (NPP) is undergoing life-extension maintenance, and energy experts say the power utility is likely to further delay returning its Unit 1 to service. There are now concerns that Units 1 and 2 could be both offline at the same time because of the delays.

According to energy analyst Chris Yelland, managing director at EE Business Intelligence, there is a risk of a total shutdown of the NPP operated by the state-run power utility Eskom near Cape Town in the Western Cape province.

During an interview with SABC News on October 23, Yelland said a lot could still go wrong regarding bringing the plant’s units online. This could potentially jeopardise the extension of Koeberg’s operation licence with the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR), resulting in a shutdown of the NPP.

However, he noted that while he was not predicting a shutdown, more delays would increase the risk of such an occurrence, reports local technology news platform MyBroadband.

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