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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lithuania's Second Reactor Shut

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuania's main Ignalina nuclear power plant shut down the second of its two reactors on Thursday because of a minor control fault, but there was no danger from radiation, the plant's chief engineer said.


The first reactor at Ignalina, which supplies 90 percent of Lithuania's electricity, was shut down on Jan. 18 because of a water leak from its cooling system.


"It will take 48 hours to start the second reactor again, but we shall start the first reactor at 7 P.M. today," chief engineer Gennady Negrevoda said.


The second reactor was shut when a manual control button got stuck. Safety mechanisms were working and there was no radiation danger, he said.


Ignalina shut down its first reactor on Dec. 31. Repairs took several days.


Danish Energy Minister Jan Sjursen visited Lithuania last year and later urged it to close down the power station. Ignalina would never satisfy Western safety requirements, he said.