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Koeberg plant experiencing glitches

The Koeberg Alert Alliance says the nuclear plant is bound to have problems.

Koeberg Nuclear Plant. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The Koeberg Alert Alliance says it is not surprised Eskom has been picking up problems at its Koeberg Nuclear Plant.

One of the two units at the power plant went offline in February after one of its electrical switchboards malfunctioned.

While technicians were doing repairs, they picked up another problem.

Eskom says unit one at its Koeberg Nuclear Plant may only be up and running again in April, adding that it is not a cause for concern.

However, the Koeberg Alert Alliance's Peter Becker begs to differ.

"Koeberg came online in about 1986. It was built in the 1970s and after so many years of running, it's not that surprising that there are faults developing like this."

Becker says what is even more worrying is that Eskom plans to keep Koeberg running for 20 years more than what it is supposed to.

The parastatal says the unit's outage does not affect the grid as unit two is working at full power.