Third Unit of Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant Halted, Radiation Normal

Thursday, May 15, 2008

ST. PETERSBURG. May 15 (Interfax) - The third unit of the Leningrad nuclear power plant was halted at 9:00 a.m. Moscow time on Thursday.

"The reactor was being tested after modernization at half of its rated capacity, 500 megawatts, when the automated output reduction system turned on," the power plant administration said.

Radiation is normal inside and outside the nuclear power plant.

The unit will be connected to the power network once the reason for the problem has been determined

Three units of the nuclear power plant are now operating at 2,583 megawatts.

The third unit was started up on May 8. The administration said that it would reach the rated capacity of 1,000 megawatts by the end of this week.

The Leningrad NPP is a component of the Rosenergoatom Concern.

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