After two days of a similar incident, a reactor of the Cernavodă Nuclear Power Plant went out of operation again on Monday afternoon, around 3:00 p.m.

Photo of the power plant from Cernavodă

Less than 24 hours after reconnection to the system, Unit 1 of CNE Cernavodă broke down again

At the time Unit 1 of CNE Cernavodă was normally producing 1,300 MW of energy, but at the time of the breakdown, it was producing only 668 MW, a halved production.

In order to cover the production deficit, Hidroelectrica went into operation at high capacity. Currently, Hidroelectrica covers over 40% of the market, according to the orders of the National Energy Dispatcher.

These events take place after Sunday evening, at 20:00, it was announced that Unit 1 of Cernavodă CNE was reconnected and resynchronized to the National Energy System, and it was expected that during the day today it will operate at nominal power.

“We are in permanent contact at the level of the Winter Energy Command with all those involved in solving the challenges that have arisen at the level of the National Energy System, as a result of the extreme meteorological phenomena in the south-eastern area of ​​Romania. My thanks go to the intervention teams who did their duty in difficult conditions. Enel, Transelectrica and the other operators involved acted professionally and promptly. The national energy system has proven its ability to function in correct conditions in extreme situations, with wind gusts exceeding 100 km/h. The problems that arose were local, not endangering the stability of the national energy system. In particular, I thank the specialists from Nuclearelectrica for the resynchronization of Unit 1 in a very short time, during tomorrow (Monday, no) being programmed to operate at nominal power“, said yesterday the Minister of Energy, Sebastian Burduja.

Unit 1 of CNE Cernavodă was automatically disconnected from the national electricity distribution network in the evening of November 18, 2023, as a result of the weather conditions that caused disturbances in the national energy system. All the procedures took place within the normal technical parameters, states the Ministry of Energy.