Fire halts Swedish nuclear reactor

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A nuclear reactor in the Swedish town of Oskarshamn was closed down on Saturday night after a fire broke out at the nuclear power plant, Sweden's newspaper Local reported on Sunday, referring to the plant's operator, OKG.

A nuclear reactor in the Swedish town of Oskarshamn was closed down on Saturday night after a fire broke out at the nuclear power plant, Sweden's newspaper Local reported on Sunday, referring to the plant's operator, OKG.

The fire broke out in the turbine hall of unit 2 and was quickly put out by the plant's own emergency services, after which the reactor and the turbine were closed down as a precautionary measure.

"Fires are always serious in this type of facility, but this happened in the conventional turbine hall and not in the reactor itself," said Anders Osterberg, OKG communications director.

Unit 2 was restarted this week following its annual maintenance check, the Local said.

The Oskarshamn nuclear plant is located on Sweden's south west coast, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Oskarshamn. The plant's three reactors produce about 10 percent of the country's electricity.

 

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