South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator separates operating timelines of Koeberg Unit 1 and Unit 2

  • South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator has approved the request to separate the operating timelines of the Koeberg Unit 1 and Unit 2.
  • After completing its safety assessment, the NNR confirmed that the approval of the separation of the units will not impact the safety of the Koeberg nuclear power station.
  • The incumbent government decided to extend the life of the aging plant in a controversial programme which has seen delays, massive cost penalties and overruns. Read more

The Koeberg nuclear power station is operated under the Nuclear Installation Licence, NIL- 01 Variation 19 and associated 29 conditions.

Noting that Koeberg Unit 1 was commissioned for commercial operation in July 1984 while Unit 2 commenced commercial operation in November 1985, this NNR approval authorises the operation of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station Unit 1 until 21 July 2024 and the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station Unit 2 until 9 November 2025, in line with the operational design life.

The NNR approval to separate the operating life timelines does not imply that the Long-Term Operation application has been approved by the NNR. They will make this decision later in the year.

Decommissioning the plant, if it does happen, will not be easy. Read more 

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