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Russia's Leningrad NPP’s unit 2 to be re-launched after repairs on December 27

December 25, 2015, 19:29 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG
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ST. PETERSBURG, December 25. /TASS/. The second power unit of the Leningrad nuclear power plant that was halted a week ago over a malfunction at the turbine shop has been repaired and is getting prepared for re-launch, the press office of the Leningrad nuclear plant told TASS on Friday.

"Repair works at the steam pipework are over. Tests will start tomorrow. If everything goes right the second unit will be launched on December 27," the press office said.

The second power unit of the Leningrad nuclear power plant was halted on December 18 over steam generating in one of the premises of the turbine shop. A plant’s representative said back then it was a minor steam leak. The 40-square-meter room where the incident had occurred was immediately isolated. Vladimir Pereguda, director of the Leningrad Nuclear Plant, a subsidiary of the Rosenergoatom Concern, said there were no grounds to evacuate the plant’s personnel and the population of the town of Sosnovy Bor. The radiation situation at the Leningrad nuclear power plant and around it stayed within the natural background levels, the press office said.

The malfunction at the turbine shop of the Leningrad nuclear plant has been recognized as a minor incident from the point of view of safety. According to specialists, it is described as a level zero incident with so safety significance on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES).

The three remaining units of the Leningrad nuclear power plant continued to work in a routine regime after unit two was stopped. The first, third and fourth units have a capacity of 3,000 megawatt.

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