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Expected processing capacity is 2,500 fuel assemblies per year.
This delay had some serious consequences: the day shift had long since departed, the evening shift was also preparing to leave, and the night shift would not take over until midnight, well into the job.
The operation of the reactor at the low power level and high poisoning level was accompanied by unstable core temperatures and coolant flow, and possibly by instability of neutron flux.
The precautionary underground channel with its active cooling was therefore deemed redundant, as the fuel was self-cooling.