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Romanian nuclear plant shuts down CANDU reactor after glitch

The electrical issue is the second problem at the power plant this week; a reactor component required maintenance Sunday

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BUCHAREST, Romania—The operator of Romania’s nuclear power plant says one of the reactors has been disconnected from the grid due to a glitch in the electrical system.

Nuclearelectrica, which operates the plant, said the problem occurred March 29 and that there was no danger for staff, the public or the environment.

The company said specialists are investigating the cause and will carry out repairs as necessary. The site operates two Canadian-designed CANDU-type reactors.

The reactor involved had only returned to full power on Monday, following a 55 per cent loss of power Sunday when a component of the condensation pump engine needed to be replaced.

The company said the two incidents were not connected.

The two reactors at the Cernavoda plant provide about 20 per cent of Romania’s energy needs.

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