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Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
Business | By Megan Pierce

Explosion, fire at French nuclear plant injures five

Explosion, fire at French nuclear plant injures five

EDF Energy said the fire broke out at 9.40am local time in a non-nuclear part of a turbine hall at Flamanville in northern France.

Although the cause was not yet known, an overheated ventilation system in the engine room appeared to have caght fire and affected a transformer that exploded. "This is a significant technical incident but it is not a matter of a nuclear accident".

Fire officers checked five of the plant's workers to see if they were suffering from smoke inhalation but they did not require further medical attention, said Olivier Marmion, a regional official. The company said the fire was in an area outside the 1980s station's nuclear zone.

Flamanville has two 1,300-megawatt reactors, in operation since 1985 and 1986.

Construction of the new plant at the site in Normandy began in 2007 and was initially due for completion in 2012 but has been delayed several times. It is one of France's flagship nuclear projects but has faced years of delays and cost overruns.

Caen: An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast caused minor injuries on Thursday, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation.

"The fire was immediately brought under control by the plant's response team".

"Unit one was disconnected from the grid".

It said there were no casualties in the incident or "consequences for safety at the plant or for environmental safety".

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