Belarus’ nuclear plant in Astravyets, some 50 kilometres from Vilnius, suffered a technical incident that put the facility out of operation, according to sources of the country’s independent media outlet TUT.by. Lithuania’s transmission system operator, Litgrid, confirmed to BNS that the plant has been out of operation since Sunday midday. The nuclear plant started producing electricity on November 3, just five days before the incident.
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The Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravets confirmed that the station does not generate electricity now, when the process resumes – it is unknown. We understand together with experts what it means. According to Russian nuclear physicist Andrei Ozharovsky , “transformers could have exploded there.” And there were already problems at the same Russian stations.
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According to Radio Free Europe, a plant official confirmed the stoppage on Tuesday. That statement followed remarks by Belarus’ energy ministry a day earlier, which indicated that unspecified pieces of equipment must be replaced before electricity production can resume at the reactor. An unnamed source speaking with the Tut.by independent Belarusian news portal was more specific, saying that technicians ceased electricity production after several of the plant’s voltage transformers, which measure power in electrical circuits, exploded.
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