Eskom submits safety case in support of keeping Koeberg going

Koeberg Koeberg nuclear power station with zebras in the foreground

Koeberg nuclear power station

27th July 2022

By: Darren Parker

Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online


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Public entity the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has confirmed that State-owned Eskom has submitted the safety case in support of its application to extend the operational life of the Koeberg nuclear power station beyond the current licence term.

The application to extend the operational life was submitted by Eskom on May 10 last year and was accepted by the NNR for further processing on August 17.

NNR nuclear power plant divisional executive Orion Phillips confirmed on July 27 that the safety case was submitted to the NNR on July 21, which was within the prescribed timelines and provided adequate time for the regulator to assess the safety case and for the operator to respond to requests for more information when needed.

Eskom is in the process of finalising the public information document (PID) and will have to publish both the application and the PID in the Government Gazette, newspapers and to serve notices to interested and affected parties.

“We are beginning a process of robust scrutiny of the safety case on which we will report our progress and findings including public comments received in a safety evaluation report to the NNR board of directors,” NNR nuclear power plant programme manager Peter Bester said.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online




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