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Volgodonsk NPP shuts down 1st power unit in emergency mode

RIA Novosti


ROSTOV-ON-DON, January 10 (RIA Novosti) - The first power unit of the Volgodonsk nuclear power plant in south Russia was shut down by an emergency protection system on Sunday, the plant's spokesman said.

"The system was activated at 9:20 a.m. Moscow time [6:20 GMT] at the first power unit. A decision was made to reduce its power and bring it to complete stoppage," the spokesman said.

Problems with a steam generator were the likely cause of the protection system activation. Repairs will take about four days, the spokesman said.

The Volgodonsk NPP, situated some 1,000 km (621 miles) south of Moscow and has one pressurized water reactor, started operation in 2001.

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