Bulgaria Shuts Kozloduy NPP Reactor for RepairsEnergy | May 3, 2013, Friday // 14:47| views
Unit 5 of Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP is planned to be switched back on in mid-June. File photo
One of the two 1000 MW reactors of the only Bulgarian nuclear power plant "Kozloduy" has been switched off for repairs, the NPP announced.
The temporary termination of operations by Unit 5 has been scheduled and coordinated with the Electricity System Operator (ESO), which provides for operational planning and control of the power system in Bulgaria. It has been switched off at 11:30 pm Thursday.
In the addition to regular maintenance procedures and improvements, the NPP will recharge the reactor with fresh nuclear fuel.
The only other operational reactor at Kozlody, Unit 6, operates at 100% of its capacity, the plant management said.
Unit 5 of the Kozloduy NPP is planned to be switched back on in mid-June.
After the installation of Unit 6 in 1991, the Kozloduy NPP reached a total production capacity of 3 760 MW. Currently, however, the capacity of the plant is down to 2000 MW after Bulgaria shut down the 440 MW reactors 1-4 in 2002 and 2006 at the insistence of the EU as part of the country's EU accession negotiations.
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