Bulgaria's Kozloduy N-Plant's Goes Offline for Maintenance

Politics | June 16, 2007, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Unit 5 of Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant was disconnected from the country's power grid on Saturday for annual maintenance.

The 1000 MW unit went offline as scheduled and will be reconnected to the power grid in August.

The maintenance works include refueling the nuclear reactor, as well as minor repairs to its equipment.

The sixth unit, with an identical installed power of 1000 MW, is working at full capacity to compensate part of the lost power-generation capacity, the plant's press service said.

Units 5 and 6 are the last two remaining operating ones after units 3 and 4 were closed on January 1, when Bulgaria joined the European Union.

The smaller units 1 and 2 were shut down in 2003, under pressure from the EU, who deemed the environmental risks of running the outdated Soviet-made reactors as too high.
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