The mobile groundwater Desalination Plant which will provide for the station’s water needs aiding in easing the pressure on Cape Town water supply. This project was launched at the Eskom Koeberg nuclear power station. Velaphi Ntuli, Koeberg’s power station manager stated, “The desalination plant is part of Koeberg’s three-pronged water management strategy to address the current water shortages in the Western Cape while ensuring that the plant is able to provide safe and sustainable electricity. This strategy includes reducing water storage and looking at alternative water supplies groundwater and sea-water.”
“When the City of Cape Town called on the people of the Western Cape to address the water issue, we had to respond with a sustainable solution as a responsible corporate citizen. To this end, we have saved approximately 115 000 kl since June 2017, compared to previous averages. This equates to the City of Cape Town supplying 10.5 kl of water to approximately 11000 houses for a month. Our water tanks are kept full to cater for emergencies,” Velaphi also added.
Koeberg is the only nuclear power station in South Africa since 1985, and provides approximately 50% of the Western Cape’s and approximately 5.6% of the rest of SA’s energy needs. The desalination project/solution was quite important because the Koeberg nuclear power station because the power station can only operate two weeks without off-site potable water, so in order for a continuous water supply the desalination had to be put in place.