Bulgaria's Kozloduy Nuke Unit 5 Back Online

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Kozloduy Nuke Unit 5 Back Online Units 5 and 6 are the last still operating at Kozloduy. Bulgaria shut down the other four units under pressure from the EU, which feels the old Soviet-made reactors were unsafe. File photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia Photo Agency)

Unit 5 of Bulgaria's sole nuclear power plant at Kozloduy on the Danube River was reconnected to the power grid on Sunday, after undergoing emergency shutdown earlier this month.

On September 1, the unit was taken offline for repairs after a short circuit in the power generator triggered the automated safety system shutdown in the 1000-megawatt VVER type unit.

The incident did not cause any radioactive leaks, power plant officials said then.

With unit 5 back in operation, the power plant began shutting down unit 6 for annual maintenance. It is expected to be disconnected from the power grid later in the day.

At the end of last year, hours before joining the European Union, the country shut down reactors number 3 and 4 at Kozloduy nuclear power station to meet the safety requirements of the European bloc.

Units 5&6 remain online and working, while units 1&2, the oldest pair, were shut down in 2003.
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