Bulgaria's Nuke Unit 6 Resumed Operations

Business | March 26, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Unit six at Bulgaria's nuclear power plant Kozloduy, 200 kilometres north of Sofia, was switched on again to the energy grid Wednesday, a day after it was decoupled for conducting regular repairs.

All operations, carried out according to technical instructions, have been completed successfully.

At the end of January nuclear power plant Kozloduy switched on third unit after its operations were suspended due to a minor technical failure, which involved no radioactive material or leakage. Experts commented the failure was too minor to cause any danger.

The first of the two oldest units at Kozloduy nuclear power station was decoupled from Bulgaria's energy grid at 8 p.m. on December 31. The closure of Unit 2 started at midnight December 30.

The decision for the final and complete closure of Kozloduy Units 1 and 2 was under the act, which provided for releasing credits for the upgrade of Units 5 and 6.

The closure of the two oldest units came after many years of concern over their safety, strong pressure from the European Union, protests from the nuclear lobby and opposition parties that the reactors are economically necessary.
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