Peter Solich, Head of Nuclear Communications for the EEZ, said CEZ is preparing for another planned shutdown in the last quarter of this year at the Dukovani Nuclear Power Plant.
During the shutdown in Temelín, power engineers changed a quarter of the fuel and checked the reactor, safety systems and turbines. They have planned several dozen investment projects, and completed nearly 15,000 activities. Power engineers also inspected the protective building around the reactor.
The second Temelín unit began generating electricity with a reactor capacity of 50%. Power engineers are now waiting for tests at 80 percent of power to verify how the power is distributed. They also monitor other technologies in the nuclear and non-nuclear parts.
“Hundreds of millimeters are decided when the turbine is fully operational. The early days of operation will now show whether the settings still need to be fine-tuned,” said Jan Crommel, the Timlin power plant manager.
According to the management of the power plant, starting the closure was difficult. It started a week earlier, because after the storm, three towers of a particularly high voltage line fell between the Kočín power plant and the substation. As Crommell mentioned, it wasn’t just a matter of putting off the deadline.
“We had to reschedule the schedule, which is usually set up for months, in a matter of days and provide suppliers with new dates,” Crommel said.
Temelín is the largest producer of electricity in the country, covering about a fifth of domestic consumption. CEZ commissioned the power plant in December 2000. Last year Temelín produced 15.75 terawatt-hours (TWh), this year from the beginning of the year 9.2 TWh.
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