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Energy activist slams R1bn wasted at Koeberg power plant

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Vitality activist Peter Bekker has slammed the costly and prolonged upkeep that’s going down on the Koeberg energy plant.

Talking to CapeTalk, Bekker was vital of the work being completed at Koeberg as a result of it’s including to South Africa’s load shedding woes. Additionally it is too pricey contemplating the Koeberg plant would possibly shut down in two years.

Koeberg’s Unit 2 was taken offline in January for upkeep to switch three steam turbines within the containment constructing. Bekker, nonetheless, claims that upkeep didn’t happen.

“For the final seven months we’ve had one additional stage of load shedding as a consequence of some type of incompetence on the Koeberg plant,” stated Peter Bekker, an activist on the Koeberg Alert Alliance.

Koeberg Unit 2 offline

Bekker added that the unit wanted to go offline for refueling, however that ought to solely have taken 5 weeks.

“When a French staff Framatome arrived to do the work, they discovered that the preparations had not been accomplished. A constructing which needed to home the previous radioactive steam turbines had not been accomplished,” stated Bekker.

Bekker claims that regardless of this the Nationwide Nuclear Regulator (NNR) accepted for the work to go forward. Eskom then referred to as Framatome to return to South Africa.

“However once they arrived, they refused as a result of it was not protected to proceed. In line with NUM, they left an bill with Eskom of R1 billion for losing their time.”

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Bekker is a former board member on the NNR. He was suspended in January.

“They didn’t like the very fact I requested questions. What might R1 billion have completed? It was a completely pointless expense that achieved nothing. It’s a penalty that had no profit to the nation. And when Eskom wastes cash, who pays for that,” he stated.

Load shedding

With South Africa bearing the brunt of load shedding in the meanwhile, Bekker stated taking the items at Koeberg offline “is a horrible factor to do in the meanwhile”.

He stated South Africa is experiencing an additional stage of load shedding whereas the unit is offline.

ALSO READ: Eskom delays substitute of Koeberg steam turbines to keep away from load shedding threat

Bekker additionally questioned why the refurbishment was going down when the plant is supposed to close down in 2024.

“Eskom is spending this cash earlier than it really has approval from the NNR to increase its life. It’s potential the NNR says no and all this cash is wasted,” he stated.

Renewable power

Bekker’s Koeberg Alert Alliance is among the many civil society organisations that earlier this week gave power minister Gwede Mantashe an ultimatum to introduce renewable power to South Africa’s grid.

They stated this can reduce the severity of load shedding.

The organisations are calling for wind and photo voltaic power programs to be constructed and linked to the nation’s electrical energy grid.

“Essentially the most pressing factor is to get wind and photovoltaic (PV) power onto the system as quick as potential,” stated Hilton Trollip, a analysis fellow on the College of Cape City’s (UCT) World Threat Governance Programme.

The organisations criticised Mantashe for not unlocking the nation’s renewable power, as said in authorities’s built-in useful resource plan (IRP) in 2019.

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