You have 10 free articles left this month. Get your freeBasic subscription now and gain instant access to more.

Bulgaria's NPP Kozloduy to test Unit 5 July 13-14 after annual maintenance

Bulgaria's NPP Kozloduy to test Unit 5 July 13-14 after annual maintenance Penka Todorova Vitkova/Shutterstock.com

SOFIA (Bulgaria), July 11 (SeeNews) -  Bulgaria's sole nuclear power plant (NPP) Kozloduy said on Thursday that it will run final tests of its 1,000 MW Unit 5 following the successful completion of the unit's planned annual maintenance.

The tests, to conducted on July 13-14, aim to ensure that the NPP's systems and equipment can work with increased capacity in different operating regimes, the power plant operator said in a statement. 

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. 

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%. Unit 5 was reconnected it to the grid on June 9.

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

Compare