Bulgaria's Unit 4 Switched Off Grid for Repairs

Business | April 1, 2003, Tuesday // 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 Tuesday for conducting regular annual repairs and refuelling.

The repair works, scheduled to be completed at the end of June, will increase the security and resource of the unit's main equipment. A series of measures for upgrading the 440 MW units at N-plant Kozloduy will continue to be implemented.

Last week nuclear unit six was switched on again to the energy grid after it was decoupled for conducting regular repairs.

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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