Ukraine Reports Nuclear Power Plant Repair After Short-Circuit

Published By : 04 Dec 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Ukraine’s newly elected Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn reported that a minor short circuit at the nuclear power plant led to power shortages in many parts of the country. However, it further reported that no one is in danger of radiation because of this. He further added that the incident occurred at the Zaporizhya plant and the emergency repairs would be done by Friday, 5 December 2014.

The short-circuit has been reported at the power output system, however, the cause is not yet determined. The plummeting temperatures have led to increase in demand for power. Subsequently, there has been an imbalance of power supply due to emergency repair at the plant and poor supply of coal at power plant warehouses. 

According to a spokeswoman from the ministry, the incident actually occurred on Friday, but was only announced on Tuesday to prevent panic amongst people and bombardment of questions about power shortages.

Zaporizhya happens to be Europe's biggest nuclear power plant, which has been in operation since 1984. This power plant has a capacity of 6,000 megawatts with six power units put together. This plant is located in Kiev about 125 miles west of Donetsk, which is currently under the control of Russian rebels who have been battling with battling Ukrainian forces.

The plant also lies 325 miles) southeast of Chernobyl, in the Ukraine where the power plant exploded in 1986. The accident of 1986 killed 9 million people due to radioactive materials that were released in the air.
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