Ukraine shuts down faulty nuclear power plant reactor

Ukraine on Sunday shut down one of the six reactors in its most powerful nuclear power plant for the second time in a month due to an apparent electrical malfunction.

AFP| Updated: Dec 28, 2014, 16:08 PM IST

Kiev: Ukraine on Sunday shut down one of the six reactors in its most powerful nuclear power plant for the second time in a month due to an apparent electrical malfunction.

The Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant said on its website that radiation levels in the area remained normal and that the station`s other five reactors continued to operate without any problems.

It said the plant`s sixth reactor was "disconnected from the grid by the generator`s internal defence mechanism" early Sunday.

A short circuit in the same plant`s third reactor contributed to power shortages in Ukraine at the start of the month.

The Zaporizhia station, in the southeast of the country, is Europe`s largest and fifth-most powerful in the world.

It generates 40 percent of Ukraine`s nuclear power and switched on its first reactor in 1984.