Alstom has signed a EUR125 million ($160 million) contract with Eskom to retrofit the low-pressure turbines at the Koeberg nuclear power station in South Africa. The retrofit will increase the output of the 920MWe units by over 65MW, improve availability and reliability, and also extends the lifetime of the plant. The retrofits will be carried out during planned refuelling outages, thus reducing the chance of interruption to generation from the station.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to further build on our relationship with Eskom through the supply of the retrofit for their two steam turbines” said senior vice president of Alstom, Guy Chardon.

Eskom and Alstom have worked together on previous projects such as the retrofitting of the Arnot power plant, an integrated retrofit project providing a capacity increase to that station of more than 300MW.

In January, Eskom signed a contract with L-3 MAPPS to upgrade the simulators at its Koeberg plant.

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