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Romania disconnects Cernavoda NPP Unit 1 over weather damage to power line

Romania disconnects Cernavoda NPP Unit 1 over weather damage to power line Nuclearelectrica NPPs

BUCHAREST (Romania), January 6 (SeeNews) - Nuclearelectrica [BSE:SNN], the operator of Romania's sole nuclear power plant Cernavoda, said on Friday it had to disconnect one of the plant's two units from the grid due to damage to a power line caused by bad weather.

"SN Nuclearelectrica SA announces that Cernavpda NPP Unit 1 was disconnected from the National Power Grid, due to external causes, during the morning of January 6th 2017, 08:25 hours, due to disturbances in the power evacuation line of 400 Kv, belonging to the grid operator," Nuclearelectrica said. "This disturbance, caused by the unfavourable weather conditions in the area, led to the automated disconnection of Unit ’s 1 turbogenerator from the National Power Grid, the reactor remaining at a low operating power."

"The systems of the power plant are functioning in compliance with the project and there is no impact on the nuclear safety of the reactor, operational personnel, population and environment," Nuclearelectrica also said.

Unit 1 was again disconnected from the grid in November due to damage to a power line caused by bad weather. The outage lasted three days.

Nuclearelectrica said in December it plans to invest 287.3 million lei ($66 million/63 million euro) in 2017, mainly in the maintenance and upgrade of the two nuclear reactors.

The company also said it plans to complete studies on extending the life of Unit 1 by re-tubing and by upgrading its main systems.

(1 euro = 4.5110 Romanian lei)

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