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May 8, 2021

Cernavoda N-plant operates under nuclear safety conditions

Cernavoda nuclear power plant’s reactors 1 and 2 are operating at normal parameters and under nuclear safety conditions, not being affected by the drop in the level of the Danube River, the Nuclearelectrica National Company informed on Wednesday.

Based on the National Water Management Institute’s forecast that covers the period until the end of September, the level of the Danube River will not affect the optimal operation of the nuclear power plant, so the production of electricity will not be affected.

According to the aforementioned source, the nuclear power plant’s safety is not endangered by an extremely low level of the Danube either. In the hypothetical situation in which the Danube’s level would approach an extremely low level, the two reactors will undergo orderly shutdown, in line with the plant’s procedure, depending on the level pre-established for each rector, so that there would be sufficient cooling water for keeping the reactors safe. In case one or both reactors shut down, the cooling pond has sufficient water in order to ensure the cooling of the reactors through the use of special pumps, Nuclearelectrica points out, being quoted by Agerpres.

Also for extreme situations, the Cernavoda nuclear power plant can cool the reactors by using a water pump system that uses water from two deep wells.

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