Nuclear power plant stable after explosion, officials claim
MANCHE, France (INTELLIHUB) — EDF Energy’s Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant reported an explosion in a machine room shortly before 10:00 a.m. Thursday.
“A fire resulting in a minor explosion broke out in the turbine hall on the non-nuclear part of unit one at the Flamanville nuclear power plant,” said a plant spokesperson.
As a precaution one of the plant’s older reactors was shut down by workers during the event which lasted about an hour.
Despite public fears, authorities have said that there are currently no radiation leaks at the facility and that it appears everything should be fine.
5 people were reported to have been treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation as a result of the incident.
The Prefect’s Office Director Olivier Marmion said that although the malfunction was caused by “a significant technical issue [it] does not constitute a nuclear accident.”
The plant has two older nuclear reactors and a third one brand new one, which features the same exact model reactor also installed at EDF Energy’s new Somerset, £18bn Hinkley Point C station. The two new model installations have caused some concern after a construction flaw was discovered near the new Flamanville reactor’s core several years back.
“In 2015, a weakness, believed to be a construction fault, was discovered in the steel housing the reactor core at the reactor under construction in Flamanville,” BBC reports.
French nuclear power plant explosion: Blast at EDF’s Flamanville station ‘does not cause radioactive leak’ — Independent.co.uk