Subj: Zaporizhia nuclear power plant malfunctions in Ukraine
Date: 12/13/99 9:02:20 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: (New Millennium)
To: (Kent)

12/13/99 -- 8:58 AM

Zaporizhia nuclear power plant malfunctions in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A reactor at Ukraine's Zaporizhia nuclear power
plant malfunctioned and was shut down for repairs, officials said

The problem occurred Sunday in equipment that maintains equal pressure
in the No. 1 reactor's cooling system, said the state nuclear energy
company Energoatom. Operators shut down the reactor immediately after
detecting the problem.

No radiation leaks were reported and the reactor was expected to restart
by Wednesday, Energoatom said.

The malfunction came a day after the reactor had passed a safety test.

Nine out of 14 reactors at Ukraine's five nuclear power plants are
currently operational. Overall, about 40 percent of the country's
electricity comes from its nuclear power plants.