Steam Leak Detected at Rostov Nuclear Plant

A Russian nuclear power station in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don activated emergency shutdown procedures after a steam leak was discovered.

“Unit Two at Rostov Nuclear Power Plant has been shut down and put on maintenance because of a steam leak,” an emergency representative told RIA Novosti, a Russian state-owned domestic news agency.

According to an unidentified source, no injuries have been reported due to the event, radiation levels are safe, and the plant’s three remaining reactors are working smoothly. 

Reports indicate that an investigation had been initiated by Russian authorities.

“At 00:54 am, in the technical room of power unit Number Two, a spike was detected. According to the approved protocols, the power unit’s capacity was decreased by disconnecting it from the network. The reactor plant is currently in cool-down mode. Work is underway on the thermal-mechanical equipment,” the plant’s press service said.

“The radiation background at the Rostov Nuclear Power Plant is at a level corresponding to the normal operation of the reactors and does not exceed naturally-occurring background values,” it added.


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