Thursday, February 9, 2017

Explosion in a French nuclear power plant – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The nuclear power plant Flamanville in the North of France, right on the coast.

In the North of France, the nuclear power plant of Flamanville has occurred an Explosion. A contamination risk does not exist but, because of the Explosion outside the nuclear area of the plant was, and so that no nuclear accident is declared to the French authorities on Thursday.

The state-owned energy operator, EdF reported that the Explosion occurred around 9.40 am in the machine room of the power plant block 1. The resulting fire was quickly deleted. There have been no “victims”. Five people would be breathing in toxic fumes, but they would not be referred to as “injured”. The power production of the reactor was stopped.

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Flamanville France’s Normandy region is located in the North on the English channel, around 25 kilometres from the port city of Cherbourg. There are two nuclear generating since the mid-1980s, reactors, power. On the same site to EdF to build a third reactor of the latest Generation. The construction, however, takes much longer and is considerably more expensive than planned, because it is several times came to technical difficulties. As of today, he should go to the end of 2018.

In France it always comes back to incidents in nuclear power plants. The country is highly nuclear energy dependent: The 58 nuclear reactors provide around 75 percent of French electricity. A 2015, adopted the energy transition bill foresees that this percentage will be reduced by 2025 to 50 percent, including through an Expansion of renewable energies. France’s nuclear Park is coming, however slowly into the years and must be renewed. On average, the 58 reactors are around 32 years old.


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