N-plant to be reconnected to the grid this evening

Ljubljana, 30 December - A systematic check and testing of the Krško Nuclear Power Plant (NEK) showed that the facility was not affected in yesterday's powerful earthquake in neighbouring Croatia and that all of the systems checked are fully functional. NEK is thus planned to be restarted and reconnected to the grid tonight at 10pm, the company told the STA.

Krško Nuclear Power Station (NEK), the only nuclear power station in Slovenia.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA
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Slovenia's only nuclear power station is expected to reach half of its capacity during the night and full capacity on Thursday.

NEK automatically shut down after Tuesday's 6.4-magnitude tremor, the epicentre of which was some 85 kilometres south-east of the town of Krško.

Located in a seismically active area, NEK was built to withstand earthquakes significantly stronger than typical earthquakes in the region.

It was designed to safely shut down during magnitude 7 earthquakes, but since it was launched in the early 1980s, improvements and reinforcements have been made, so it could safely shut down even in the event of a magnitude 8 earthquake.

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