Temelin: two-month shut down for repairs

04-05-2001

Workers at the controversial Temelin nuclear power station are shutting down the plant's nuclear reactor, and Temelin will be closed for two months for major repair work. A spokesman said the reactor was being shut down to save fuel as contractors refit the plant's troubled generator turbine. Vibrations and oil leaks in the turbine have forced Temelin's operators to interrupt the plant's test operation on a number of occasions in recent months, leading to renewed calls by Austrian anti-nuclear groups for Temelin to be shut down for good. Temelin's operators, the state-owned power utility CEZ, have said teething problems are normal in any testing phase.