Bulgaria nuclear reactor shut after automatic defences activate

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The Kozloduy nuclear power plant in Bulgaria has shut down one of its two 1,000 megawatt units after a protection system was activated at its Unit 5 following a routine technical operation, a senior Bulgarian official said on Friday.

“During a technical operation the automatic defences activated at 0117 a.m. local time. All systems have been checked and there is no reason for concerns in the public,” Ramadan Atalai, a member of the parliamentary energy commission told the national BNT channel.

A press officer at the Kozloduy plant confirmed the unit was automatically shut and said that there was no radioactive contamination.

Work at the plant, situated on the Danube River in northwestern Bulgaria, is being done to reconnect Unit 5 to the national grid by the end of the day, the plant’s operator said in a statement. Its other reactor, Unit 6, is working at full capacity.

The Kozloduy plant is the Balkan country’s only nuclear energy facility and operates two Russian reactors whose lifespans have been extended to 2047 and 2051, respectively. 

Main Photo: Units 5 and 6 of the Bulgarian nuclear power plant during a sunrise in the town of Kozloduy. EPA/VASSIL DONEV

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