Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Romania nuke plant reactor back on line

BUCHAREST, Romania, June 1 (UPI) -- Romania's Cernavoda nuclear power plant on the Danube River delta went back in operation Monday after specialists fixed a cracked water pipe, authorities said.

Workers completed the repair one day earlier than expected, allowing the restart of the Unit 1 nuclear reactor, which was shut down Saturday, Romania's state-owned operator, Nuclearelectrica, said.

The crack in the water pipe reportedly posed no radiation risk.

The Cernavoda nuclear plant, located in eastern Romania, has two 700-megawatt reactors that produce about 17 percent of the country's electricity needs, the Romanian Web site Mediafax said.

The second reactor unit of Romania's only nuclear power plant is still being overhauled and is out of operation.

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