Koeberg becomes operational


Wednesday, 14 March 1984

The nuclear power station at Koeberg, the only commercial nuclear power station in Africa, became operational on this date. On 21 August 1984, the French contractor turned Koeberg-1 over to South Africa's Electricity Supply Commission (Eskom) and the plant was issued its commercial operating license. Koeberg is situated at Duynefontein, 27km north of Cape Town on the Atlantic coast.

The power station provides electricity to the Western Cape and supplies 6,5% of South Africa's total electricity needs. It has operated safely for more than seventeen years and is expected to operate for another twenty to thirty years.

• Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds) (1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

Last updated : 11-Mar-2016

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011