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Eskom will shut down a nuclear facility for refuelling in South Africa

Eskom will shut down a nuclear facility for refuelling in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The state power company Eskom has planned to close both units of its Koeberg nuclear power facility on Monday, putting the facility under further strain.

Eskom said it would suspend Unit 2 for five months before doing the same with Unit 1 for a similar period afterwards.

Eskom's ailing power plants, mostly staffed on coal, struggle to meet national demand, and Africa's most industrialised country has suffered power problems for years, which may cause problems.

The increase in unavailability of units due to the planned long outages does cause the electricity supply system to be under additional pressure in the coming year," according to the statement.

Due to a maintenance issue at Koeberg, Eskom had to reduce its electricity schedule at the beginning of last year. This was caused by an increase in leak rates in one of its steam generators.

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