France: shut down of the oldest nuclear plant after incident, no danger posed

22/04/2014 10:00

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The oldest nuclear power plant in France, Fessenheim, was closed on Saturday after an incident at the facility away from the reactor which did not cause any jeopardy, according to the EDF operator.

The reactor 2 of the Fessenheim plant was automatically shut down when a valve controlling the steam supply to the turbine generator has accidentally closed. Technicians were trying to solve the problem, but they did not fix yet a restart date, as stated by an EDF spokeswoman. The oldest reactor 1 in France Fessenheim, has been stopped since April 9 when a leak was discover in a water supply pipe. The plant with a capacity of 1,800 megawatts is not so popular because of its age and position in an earthquake-prone region of eastern France. Mass media started to show interest in the plant ever since President Francois Hollande declared in his electoral oath he intended to close it by 2016. The two reactors of the Fessenheim plant of 900 MW each have been in operation since 1977.

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