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Unexpected shutdown of Cernavoda n-plant's unit 2 did not affect safety of people or the environment

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The unexpected shutdown on Wednesday of unit 2 of the Cernavoda nuclear-power plant did not effect the safety of the population or the environment, the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry (MMP) reports in a press release.

'Information coming from the National Environmental Protection Agency indicates that the automated gamma radiation monitoring devices do not show any increase in the normal values, while the results of the measurements fall within the limits of the natural fund,' reads the release.

The devices monitor the radiation 24/7, and in this instance the normal radiation level was not exceeded.

The unexpected shutdown of the unit did not affect the safety of the plant's staff, the population or the environment, and the causes behind the malfunction will be the subject of a detailed analysis, MMP says in the release.

Radiation monitoring will continue, says MMP and any excess radiation will be notified to the National Environmental Guard and jointly analysed.

The Nuclearelectrica National Nuclear Power Corporation announced unit 2 of the Cernavoda nuclear-power plant shut down unexpectedly on Wednesday at 11:300hrs, EET, and it will be restarted on Friday.

The unit shut down automatically as a result of an automatic rapid closure system having unexpectedly gone up. The causes for the closure are being investigated according to the procedures of the plant.

The unit is safely down and it will be restarted as soon as the exact causes behind the malfunction are found.

State secretary with the Economy Ministry Rodin Traicu said a report on the unexpected shutdown on Wednesday of unit 2 of the Cernavoda nuclear-power plant will be ready in 48 hours, but the incident did not pose any risk to nuclear activity.

A report on unexpected shutdown of unit 2 of Cernavoda n-plant to be ready in 48hrs



A report on the causes for the unexpected automatic shutdown of unit 2 of the Cernavoda nuclear-power plant on Wednesday will be drawn up in 48 hours, but the incident poses no high risk to nuclear activity, state secretary with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and the Business Milieu (MECMA) Rodin Traicu told a commercial television channel.

'About the possible causes for the shutdown, they will be the subject of an analysis. A precise resolution of the causes will only be possible in the next 48 hours. From the operational experience of the staff and the drills conducted the reason could be an increased neutrino flux following the activation of a closing element that secures water for one of the basins in the nuclear rector area,' said Traicu.

He added that the unexpected shutdown is no danger to the nuclear activity of the plant or the protection against radiation in the operation of nuclear power facilities.

'This unexpected shutdown poses no risk to nuclear activity, protection against radiation or the safety of the energy facilities in the country's national power grid. This is the first thing we should look at,' said Traicu.

The Nuclearelectrica National Nuclear Power Corporation announced unit 2 of the Cernavoda nuclear-power plant shut down unexpectedly on Wednesday at 11:300hrs, EET, and it will be restarted on Friday.

The unit shut down automatically as a result of an automatic rapid closure system having unexpectedly gone up. The causes for the closure are being investigated according to the procedures of the plant.

The unit is safely down and it will be restarted as soon as the exact causes behind the malfunction are found.

Nuclearelectrica says the re-synchronisation of the plant will happen on Friday morning, adding that the shut-down did not affect the safety of the staff, the locals or the environment.

In the first eight months of 2012, unit 2 generated 4.053 million MWh of electricity and delivered 3.743 million MWh, averaging a capacity factor of 98.5 percent.

 

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