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Bulgaria's NPP Kozloduy reconnects Unit 5 to grid after completing tests

Author Mario Tanev
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SOFIA (Bulgaria), July 15 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria's sole nuclear power plant (NPP) Kozloduy said that it has successfully completed the planned two-day tests of its 1,000 MW Unit 5 and reconnected it to the power grid on July 14.

The test confirmed the unit's capability to function with increased capacity in different operating regimes, the plant operator said in a statement on Sunday.

Last week, the power plant operator said that the planned tests envisage gradually reducing the unit's capacity to 60% and then 40%, subsequently shutting down the electricity generating section for several hours. After restarting the section, the capacity of the unit will be gradually increased, NPP Kozloduy said at the time.

The annual maintenance of Unit 5, which was conducted in May and June, included its reloading with fresh nuclear fuel, works for expanding the lifespan of the unit and increasing the thermal capacity to 104%. 

Kozloduy NPP, on the Danube river, is operating two units of 1,000 MW each.

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