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Two Ukrainian nuclear power plants boost security over bomb threat

February 25, 2015, 18:06 UTC+3 KIEV: February 25.
Officers of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and Security Service are guarding the NPPs
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KIEV: February 25. /TASS/. Security has been tightened at Ukraine's Zaporizhia and Chernobyl nuclear power plants after anonymous bomb threats, the country's state committee on nuclear regulation said on Wednesday.

The committee's press service said that the plant's premises and territory had been searched and no bomb had been found.

"Officers of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and Security Service are guarding the NPPs," the press service said.

Nuclear energy in Ukraine

Nuclear power occupies one of the most prominent places in the Ukrainian economy. Over recent years, having only 22.8% of the installed capacity, nuclear power plants during autumn and winter maximum loads generated about 53% of the country's electricity. Currently there are 15 operating power units at four Ukrainian NPPs.

They are operated by the state-run company Energoatom.

The Zaporizhia nuclear plant with an installed generating capacity of 6,000 megawatt is the biggest energy facility in Ukraine and Europe. It generates about 50% of electricity produced by Ukraine’s nuclear plants and accounts for more than 22% of the aggregate electricity generation in the country.

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