No radiation leak danger, Kozloduy says after emergency shutdown of generator

A turbo-generator at the fifth unit of Bulgaria’s Kozloduy nuclear power station was shut down on April 14 after a leak was found in the cooling system, but there was no danger of a radiation leak and readings around the plant were normal, a statement by Kozloduy on April 15 said.

The component that was shut down was part of the conventional, non-nuclear part of the unit, Kozloduy management said.

Notification of the shutdown, which took place at 10.39pm on Sunday, had been sent to the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Electricity System Operator and the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, the statement said.

Deputy Economy, Energy and Tourism Minister Bozhan Stoyanov had arrived at the nuclear power station at 3am on April 15 to attend discussions on the reason for the incident.

As at 11am on April 15, the other unit, number six, was operating at 81 per cent capacity, the Kozloduy statement said.

(Photo: Trygve W Nodeland)



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