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Krško Increased Output by a Tenth Last Year

Krško, 28 February (STA) - The Krško Nuclear Power Plant (NEK) generated 5,902 GWh net of electricity last year, an increase of about 10% over the year before and above plans, the power plant operator told the STA on Tuesday.

The increase is attributed to the scheduled maintenance cycle in 2010, when the power plant was shut down. The next round of scheduled maintenance, lasting 40 days, will be carried out in April.

The planned works include replacing the fuel and the reactor head, completing installation of a third back-up diesel generator and replacing the rotor on the main generator.

NEK said last year in the nuclear industry was dominated by the nuclear disaster following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

NEK reacted immediately by upgrading mobile equipment for the supply of electricity, compressed air and cooling water in the event of a breakdown cased by a natural disaster.

A stress test proved the power plant to be equipped to deal with the worst natural disasters, showing that it had been designed and built well.

The power plant was originally designed to be shut down by 2023, but the consensus seems to be that its useful life should be extended by another 20 years.

NEK said the application for the extension had been filed in 2009 and a positive response is expected "in the near future".

There are also plans to build a second reactor, but NEK said this was not in its jurisdiction and there have been "no steps towards a decision that would mean the launch of this project."

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