Ukrainian Nuclear Reactor Shut Down Over Malfunction

Friday, July 25, 2008

Kiev, 25 July: The third unit of the Rivne nuclear power plant was automatically disconnected from the Ukrainian power network and shut down on Thursday [24 July], the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The ministry explained the shutdown with the insufficient level of water in the steam generator's cooler. The radiation is normal, the ministry said.

According to Enerhoatom [Ukrainian nuclear energy generating company], 12 out of 15 units of Ukrainian power plants were operational on Thursday. The second unit of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant was turned on Wednesday after repairs. The second unit of the South-Ukrainian nuclear power plant and the first and second units of the Khmelnytskyy nuclear power plant are under repairs.

The nuclear power plants of Ukraine produced 221.98 million kilowatt/hours of electricity on Thursday.

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