Hungary shuts reactor in Paks nuclear plant

The operation of Block 1 of the nuclear power plant in Paks, central Hungary, was suspended on Thursday morning due to the malfunction of the IT control system which has however not undermined the block's safety, the Hungarian national atomic energy office (OAH) was quoted by the MTI news agency as saying on its website.

"The block's operation stalled automatically in line with nuclear safety regulations defined in a contingency plan prepared in advance for such eventualities," the office said.

Antal Kovacs, a spokesman for the company that runs the Paks nuclear power plant, said that  Block 1 "is expected to be reconnected to the entire network on Friday noon."

The stoppage of this part has not affected the operation of the other four reactors.

This nuclear power plant is situated 74 kilometres of the Hungary-Croatia border. "Beli Manastir and Osijek are 90 and 120 km away respectfully from Paks NPP to the south", according to data provided by the Croatian State Office for Radiological and Nuclear Safety.

Last update: Thu, 14/07/2016 - 14:43

More from Croatia

Croatian 15-year-olds still underperform in PISA survey

Croatian 15-year-olds are still below the average performance in reading, mathematics and science compared with...

Marathon-long session on budget ends, vote may be after 3 days

Croatia's parliament finished a 14-hour long session on a 2017 draft budget shortly after Saturday midnight, and...

High level of ICT integration in Croatian businesses - DZS

As many as 77% of Croatian households and 91% of businesses had access to the Internet in 2016, and in this outgoing...

PM and county heads to identify priorities of Croatia's regions

Addressing a two-day conference on competitiveness of local self-government, held in Trakoscan, Prime Minister...

Croats bag 1 silver and 5 bronze medals at Int'l Junior Science Olympiad

Croatian students pocketed a silver medal and five bronze medals during the 13th edition of the International Junior...