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Areva wins Koeberg generator replacement deal

Areva wins Koeberg generator replacement deal

Aug 17, 2014

France’s Areva, a global leader in nuclear power, has been awarded a contract to replace six steam generators at South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant, state utility Eskom said on Saturday 15 August 2014.

While financial details of the contract have yet to be disclosed, Eskom said the refit is part of a programme to install up to 9,600 megawatts of new nuclear power by 2030, as South Africa attempts to find solutions to chronic electricity shortages and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the utility giant, the majority of South Africa’s electricity is generated from coal and the government is struggling to ensure that supply stays a step ahead of growing demand. The new generators would be installed in 2018.

Situated close to Cape Town, the French-built 1,800 MW Koeberg is the only nuclear power station in Africa and its two reactors provide around 5% of South Africa’s power.

Areva works with utility companies to covers every stage of the nuclear fuel cycle, reactor design and construction, and operating services, promising uncompromising dedication to safety. The company also  invests in renewable energies to develop high tech solutions through partnerships.

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