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Jacobs has Been Chosen for a Nuclear Contract In South Africa

Last Updated on 08th January 2024

Jacobs has been chosen to carry out critical engineering improvements at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant near Cape Town, South Africa, as part of a $1.2 billion scheme to extend the plant's operational life. South Africa's only nuclear power station, Koeberg, generates 5% of the country's electricity.


The project includes preparing for the installation of six replacement steam generators at Eskom's two-reactor plant, each weighing around 380 tons and measuring roughly 20 meters in length.


“This project is vital to maintain the pivotal role of nuclear power in South Africa’s energy mix,” said Karen Wiemelt, senior vice president of Jacobs Energy Security and Technology.


She continued, “To date, this is the largest single contract for our nuclear team in South Africa, which has successfully completed numerous engineering, procurement and construction projects to support operations at Koeberg over the past 30 years.”


Jacobs will be in charge of construction management for the secondary turbine system improvements. The scope of work comprises piping prefabrication, pipe supports and modification, and piping replacement; scaffolding, rigging, and lagging installation on-site; vessel improvements and strengthening; and forced air cooler unit replacement.


The replacement of the steam generators for the first of Koeberg's two units will begin during a planned outage in January 2022, and will take two years to complete.


Since the plant was connected to the national grid in 1984, the current steam generators have been in use. Their replacement is an important aspect of the aim to extend Koeberg's operational life by about 20 years, from 40 to 60 years.


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