Bulgaria nuclear reactor shuts after generator problem

By: AFP
Published: 03:09 PM, 22 Jun, 2022
Bulgaria nuclear reactor shuts after generator problem
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Bulgaria's only nuclear power plant shut down one of its two 1,000-megawatt reactors on Wednesday after a generator malfunction, the operator said, adding there was no radiation leak.

The incident comes less than a month after the reactor, located in northwest Bulgaria on the Danube River, was switched off for scheduled maintenance and refuelling.

The plant operator said in a statement that unit 5 of the Kozloduy plant was shut down at 6:05 am (0305 GMT) on Wednesday "due to a malfunction in the generator excitation system and the activation of electrical protection in the conventional, non-nuclear part."

Its emergency protection was activated and there was "no change in the radiation situation at the site" after the glitch, the statement said.

Kozloduy's second reactor, the 1,000-megawatt unit 6, was operating at full capacity, the plant said. It is unclear when unit 5 can be re-connected to the grid. 

The power plant generates about a third of the country's electricity.

It has only two operational reactors after four smaller units were shut down in 2002 and 2006 to meet the European Union's conditions for membership. 

AFP

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