Kozloduy nuclear plant reactor taken offline on October 28 to fix fault

Unit six at Bulgaria’s Kozloduy nuclear power station was taken offline on the morning of October 28 because of a fault in the drainage pipeline of the unit’s turbo generator, the power plant said in a statement.

“The defect is in the conventional, non-nuclear part of the unit […] There has been no change in the radiation situation at the power plant,” Kozloduy said.

The reactor was disconnected from the power grid at 7.30am and repairs were underway. The Nuclear Regulatory Agency has been notified about the case, the statement said.

After shutting down four 440MW units in 2005 and 2006 as a pre-condition to European Union accession, Kozloduy has two 1000MW Soviet-built reactors in operation. Unit five was working at full capacity, the power plant said.

(Bulgaria’s sole nuclear power plant at Kozloduy. Photo: uvioc/flickr.com)



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