South Africa’s power utility Eskom said on Tuesday it had restarted a 900 megawatt unit at its Koeberg nuclear station after routine refuelling and maintenance.
Africa’s most advanced economy is suffering its most severe power shortage since 2008 as state-owned Eskom struggles to keep the lights on.
Eskom has suffered from years of underfunding and investment in new plants and is struggling to meet demand.
The Department of Energy has announced that is will take over from Eskom as the lead agency implementing the country’s Trillion rand nuclear- reactor programme.
Thyspunt, near Jeffreys Bay is the Government’s preferred site to build the first nuclear power plant, despite the EIA process still being incomplete.
Local residents highlighted many fatal errors in the first EIA and are still awaiting the second draft, which is long overdue.