20 years since the last Chernobyl AZ-5 activation

20 years ago today, a ceremony was held to officially shut down unit #3 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

The reactor had hardly operated during the year 2000, having been shut down for more than 5 months for repairs, it once again failed on the 5th of December with a defect in the protection system, however on the 14th it was started again, running at just 5% power and under attentive watch of the operators, so that the ceremony could be held the next day.

Watch the final shutdown below;

In 1999, the Chernobyl NPP generated 3.319 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, which was 102.17 percent of planned numbers (3.249 billion kilowatt-hours). The share of the Chernobyl NPP among Ukrainian NPPs amounted to 4.62 percent.

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