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Ukraine atomic plant unit taken off line

MOSCOW — One unit of Ukraine’s Zaporozhiya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been taken offline because of generator problems.

State nuclear power company Energoatom said the unit was disconnected from the electricity net early Sunday to prevent internal damage to the generator. It did not give further details but said radiation in the area is within acceptable limits.

It is the second time this month that a unit at the plant has been taken out of service. The earlier unit, different from the one affected Sunday, was restored to service after several days.

Concern about nuclear energy remains high in Ukraine because of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The 6,000-megawatt Zaporozhiya plant’s six reactors are of a different design than the one that exploded at Chernobyl.


The Zaporozhiya plant, in the southeast of the country, generates about 40 percent of Ukraine’s nuclear power. It came on line in 1984.

Earlier this month, a short-circuit in the third reactor at the same plant contributed to power cuts across the country.

Associated Press