Leningrad NPP’s chief engineer fired after malfunctions

Publish date: February 20, 2009

The Leningrad NPP’s chief engineer Oleg Chernikov was fired from the top position after the commission from the Russian Energoatom concern found the reasons for the plant’s malfunctions in January.

Last month two reactors were shutdown by the automatic safety system. Energoatom claims the malfunctions did not influence on the plant’s safety, but led to the electricity generation reduction for over $2m. Reactor no.3 was out of operation from January 9th til January 13th after the automatic safety shutdown system was triggered. Reactor no.4 was under repairs from January 15th till January 24th. The automatic safety shutdown system was triggered on this reactor during the launch operation on January 22nd.

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