January 19, 2017 / 7:56 PM / in a year

Hungary nuclear power plant says cut output at one block after electrical fault

BUDAPEST, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant reduced the output of one of its four Russian-made power blocks late on Tuesday due to an electrical fault that did not affect the nuclear reactors, the plant said in a statement.

The statement, posted on the plant’s web site on Wednesday and picked up in local media on Thursday, said Unit 1 of the plant has operated at 50 percent capacity since 0030 local time on Wednesday due to an unspecified “electrical fault.”

The local news web site index.hu quoted a separate plant statement to say the reactor block began to power down at 2200 on Tuesday but it was not shut down at any time, adding the power reduction was necessary to protect transformers from any damage.

The other three units of the power plant are unaffected, the power plant said. (Reporting by Marton Dunai; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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