Three Russian nuclear reactors are shut down after a short-circuit less than a week after the same thing happened at another power station
- Three reactors are at the Kalinin power station were powered down on Thursday
- Radiation levels are normal according to plant’s owners after the short circuit
- It is located 200 miles northwest of Moscow in the Tver region
- Less than a week ago a reactor had to be pulled offline in Beloyarks, in the east
Three reactors at a Russian nuclear plant have been shutdown after a short circuit, less than a week after the same happened in the east of the country.
The units were unplugged yesterday at the Kalinin power station where radiation levels remain normal, a subsidiary of the Rosatom nuclear company said.
The Kalinin nuclear power plant’s first, second and fourth reactors were taken offline, Rosenergoatom said in a statement.
The plant is located some 200 miles northwest of Moscow, in the Tver region.
In this file photo taken on March 18, 2011 cars drive by a checkpoint at the Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant, in the Tver region
The Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant, a branch of the Rosenergoatom company (file photo)
‘The radiation level at the station and adjacent territory remains unchanged and is in line with natural background levels,’ the statement said.
Officials told the TASS news agency the reactors could go back online within a day if they were able to assess the cause.
On Friday, a reactor was pulled offline in Beloyarks, around 900 miles east of Moscow.
‘The radiation level at the station and adjacent territory remains unchanged and is in line with natural background levels,’ the company’s statement said
However, confidence in nuclear energy has strengthened since the Chernobyl disaster, with 30 percent of Russians saying they thought a similar disaster was likely.
This in contrast to the 69 percent in 2000, who told the Levada Center
Russia has ten nuclear power stations including the Kalinin plant, according to the World Nuclear Association.
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