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CORRECTED-Unit of Belarus nuclear plant goes offline after safety system triggered

(Corrects final paragraph to show that previous stoppage was detected shortly after the Nov. 7 opening ceremony, not during the ceremony.)

MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A unit of the new Astravets nuclear power plant in Belarus was taken offline on Saturday during testing procedures after the generator protection system was triggered, the Belarus energy ministry said.

It said radiation levels in the area were normal.

"The protection system was activated during the pilot industrial operation of Unit 1, as part of which the systems and equipment are currently being tested. Radiation background near the plant is normal," the ministry's statement said.

A unit of the plant was previously taken offline due to technical problems shortly after an opening ceremony on Nov. 7 attended by President Alexander Lukashenko. (Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Kevin Liffey)