KIEV - Malfunction prompts shutdown of Ukrainian reactor : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

KIEV, Aug 11 (Reuters) - A nuclear reactor at the Zaporizhska power plant in central Ukraine was switched off on Friday due to the malfunction of one of its systems, the national nuclear company Energoatom said in a statement. It said the station"s number three unit, equipped with a Soviet-made VVER-1000 reactor, had been shut down at 0458 GMT due to a fault in its steam generator system. It said there had been no increase in radiation levels. Fourteen years after the explosion at Ukraine"s Chernobyl nuclear plant, the world"s worst nuclear disaster, the country of 50 million still relies on nuclear power for almost half of its electricity. Five of Ukraine"s 14 operational nuclear reactors are currently under repair, the company said.

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