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Bulgaria / Kozloduy Sets Generation Record In 2020

By Kamen Kraev
30 December 2020

Kozloduy Sets Generation Record In 2020
An aerial view of the Kozloduy nuclear power station on the Danube river in northwest Bulgaria. Image courtesy KNPP.
Bulgaria’s Kozloduy-5 and -6 nuclear reactor units generated a record amount of electricity in 2020, the plant operator Kozloduy NPP said in a statement.

From 1 January until 30 December 2020 the two VVER-1000 units produced 16.55 TWh of electricity breaking a previous record from 2019, the statement said.

The two-unit station in the north of the country is expected to produce 16.62 TWh of electricity by the end of 2020, the statement said.

Kozloduy-5 and -6, Bulgaria’s only units in commercial operation, supply about a third of the country’s electricity.

Kozloduy-5 began commercial operation in 1988, followed by Kozloduy-6 in 1993.

Both units received 10-year operating lifetime extensions by the authorities in 2017 and 2019.

In April 2018, Bulgaria’s nuclear regulator licensed Kozloduy-6 to operate at 104% of its design capacity. Work is under way on a similar planned uprate for Unit 5.

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