Bulgarian Nuke Unit Shuts Down for Repairs

Business | July 30, 2005, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Unit four at Bulgaria's nuclear power plant Kozloduy, 200 kilometres north of Sofia, was switched off the energy grid Saturday morning for conducting regular annual repairs and refuelling.

The repair works, scheduled to be completed by the end of August, will increase the security and resource of the unit's main equipment.

Kozloduy's unit three also underwent its annual repairs.

The first of the two oldest units at Kozloduy nuclear power station was decoupled from Bulgaria's energy grid on December 31, 2002. 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.

It 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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