It will be refuelled in January 2009, for those who wanted to know.
That's going to be an interesting time.
AFAIK they never refuel both units at the same time. Eskom are currently experiencing problems with about 4000MW of their conventional (read coal) plant. That is more than 4 Koeberg equivalent units or about 7 large coal units (600-700MW/unit). So if everything else was OK, one unit at Koeberg is not a serious issue (The Koeberg process has been in place for decades and never before such a serious issue). But everything is not!
For every right that one wishes to claim,
one must be prepared to carry that responsibility.
One of the units is being refuelled right now; I guess it's the other one that will be refuelled in 2009?
AFAIK, they are doing manitenance on one reactor and a refuel on the other. ie. Koeberg is down.
The pebble bed reactor (PBR) is a design, revived by the South African utility, ESKOM, near the turn of the century. In the United States, the design and progress toward licensing appears to have slowed. Interest by Exelon, an early proponent, has waned.
Did we actually revive something good?
Found this on: http://www.nucleartourist.com/
and what happens to the depleted uranium?
the US use there depleted uranuim on their bullets,shells etc,which leaves radio active dust in the air,a war crime imo