The Paks nuclear power plant – Photo: OAH

Paks nuclear plant reduces output due to high Danube temperature

Hungary's Paks plant on Thursday reduced its output due to rising temperatures of the River Danube whose water is used to cool the nuclear facility.

The plant said on its website that 29.72 C had been measured in the river, and the output of the plant’s second, third, and fourth blocks were reduced by a combined 240 megawatts. The website also noted that under effective regulations the maximum temperature of the water used for cooling the system is 30 C.

According to the plant’s internal regulations, output is reduced by 80 megawatts/0.1 C above 29.5 C of water temperature, the website said.

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