Armenian Nuclear Power Plant Resumes Operation

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Armenian Nuclear Power Plant resumed operation February 15 at 11. a.m. and is working at its previous capacity of 380 Megawatts. The Plant’s director Souren Azatian has announced the creation of an ad hoc commission to make inquiries into the reasons of a breakage in the Plant’s energy system on Wednesday.

Operators at the plant had to shut down the nuclear reactor on February 14 after an electrical cable short-circuited.

There were no reports of radiation leaking–and the problem arose in a power line outside the territory of the station. The short circuit forced operators to first close a steam turbine–then shut down the reactor.

Armenia operates a Soviet-made nuclear reactor–which supplies about 45 percent of the country’s electricity needs. The reactor was closed in 1989 amid safety jitters following a devastating 1988 earthquake–but restarted in 1995 during an energy crisis.

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