Bulgaria's Nuke Reopens Unit After Repairs

Business | August 31, 2006, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria's Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) has allowed the country's only Nuclear Power Plant to reopen Unit 5, which was closed for its scheduled annual repairs.

The Agency has checked the unit and has nodded starter operations, allowing the plant in Kozloduy to plug the unit into the power grid until the next scheduled repairs.

NRA has run extensive checks on the unit's recently replaced control rods, which malfunctioned in the beginning of March in an event rated level 2 according to the 0-7 International Nuclear Events Scale (INES).

The probes showed that the theoretical cause of the event has been located and the pre-emptive measures that the NPP has introduced will most certainly guarantee the safe work of the plant's Unit 5.

Back in March, the event caused arguments in Bulgaria and the NRA and the plant's management admitted that they might have not delegated information to the media clearly enough. Tension around the accident along with certain views on EU demands to close Units 1-4 of the plant cost the chair of the plant's Manager Ivan Ivanov in June.
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