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Ukraine reactor shut-down fraught with deeper energy crisis
Source: ITAR-TASS News Wire Publication date: Mar 04, 2000
ENERGODAR, Zaporozhye region, March 4 (Itar-Tass) - Reactor No. 6 at Europe's largest nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye was disconnected from Ukraine's power grid.
By the morning, the one million kilowatt reactor was shut down to change nuclear fuel. Since reactor No. 1 has been under repairs for the second month, the shut-down of a second reactor for approximately two months will considerably reduce electricity production by the plant which accounts for almost one-fifth of all energy generated in the country.
This will aggravate the situation in Ukraine's energy sector. It has been well described by Deputy Fuel and Energy Minister Alexander Svitelik. He warned that if stocks of coal, gas and fuel oil were not replenished in the near future, Ukraine's united energy system could fall apart.
He said he could not remember any other time when stocks of coal at thermal power plants had been so small.
As of the end of this week, only about 500,000 tonnes of coal remained at the power plants. Daily shortfalls in coal supplies compound the situation. Every day, energy-generating facilities receive not more than 80,000 tonnes of coal although they need 120,000 tonnes.
Publication date: Mar 04, 2000 ) 2000, NewsReal, Inc.
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