The Bulgarian Nuclear Reactor has started up again


Bulgaria’s only nuclear power plant, which produces about a third of the country’s electricity, reconnected one of its two 1,000-megawatt reactors to the power grid on Wednesday evening. The latter was shut down in the morning, after a generator failure.

“Unit 5 of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant is reconnecting to the grid,” the plant said in a statement.

The emergency protection had been activated early Wednesday morning, but without radioactive leakage. It occurs after a malfunction in the generator’s stimulation system has caused the voltage to rise.

The incident occurred less than a month after the reactor, located on the Danube was deactivated for maintenance and power.

The operator replaced the defective pacing system component and performed the necessary checks. The power gradually returns.

The second reactor of Kozloduy, called “Unit 6”, of the same power, had continued to operate at full capacity.

Kozloduy, the only nuclear power plant in Bulgaria, produces about one third of the country’s electricity. The plant consists of two reactors that took over from four smaller reactors that were shut down in 2002 and 2006. This is in order to meet the requirements of the European Union.

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