Bulgaria's Fourth Nuclear Unit Switched off Grid

Business | June 10, 2006, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Unit 4 of Bulgaria's only operating nuclear power plant at Kozloduy has been switched off the grid due to scheduled repair works.

The reactor will stay off until the middle of July, during which time the other three units will operate at increased power, Kozloduy's press office announced.

During the maintenance, the equipment will undergo preventive repair as scheduled and the 440 MW reactor will be refuelled for operation during the new fuel cycle.

Kozloduy, which is Bulgaria's only nuclear power producer, has closed units 1 and 2 under pressure from the EU, and in 2002 committed to shut down Soviet-type units 3 and 4 by the end of this year.

There has been much controversy whether the closures are necessary, or the reactors might be safe enough to keep working for several more years.

The latest commissioned reactors of Kozloduy - five and six - are of a more modern design and will remain in service.

Official estimates have shown that after closing the reactors Bulgaria will probably withdraw from its position as top energy exporter in the Balkans.
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