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More then thirty years of debate, and the controversy remains as polarised as ever. This website (to be fair - whose maintainer is anti-nuclear) collects news about nuclear power in Europe, sorted by nuclear power plant, type of power plant, country etc.

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FIRE IN SWITCHGEAR BUILDING

A fire ignited in switchgear building. It resulted in a loss of off-site power and reactor scram. All four diesel generators started as planned and all safety features functioned normally. The unit was 8.5 hours without off-site power. The event did not cause any radiation doses or radioactive releases.
BASIS FOR RATING: Initiator: A long-term loss of off-site power caused by a fire(possible).
Safety function availability: Full.
Table A2: A2 -1. Level 2 is more appropriate because the event leadsto the re-evaluation of safty provisions.
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Category: Power Reactor Finland Olkiluoto »

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UNIT SHUTDOWN DUE TO COOLANT LEAK IN RCP AUXILIARY PIPELINE

During normal operation at 500 MWe power a blowhole in the flange connection of reactor coolant pump (RCP) and its auxiliary pipeline was discovered. Leak rate did not exceed 6 m3/h. According to operating procedure the unit was shut down using reactor scram button (AZ-5).
Breach of unit safe operation limits and conditions did not occur. Radiation situation in the reactor building and on site was within prescribed limits.
Water leakage was caused by defect in the flange connection between the auxiliary pipeline and the pump casing.

Category: Power Reactor Kursk Russian Federation »

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PRESSURIZER DISCHARGE TANK MEMBRANE RUPTURE

On 5 February 1991 at 12.00 pm during the routine survey of the reactor compartment a ruptured membrane of the pressurizer discharge tank was discovered. The gas-aerosol activity near the discharge tank was measured 3 x 10-8 Ci/l, and the activity in the hermetic steam generator box was measured 8 x 10-9 Ci/l. A possible reason for the rupture of the membrane is a routine blowing away of the hydrogen in the pressurizer by means of low-pressure nitrogen.

Category: Power Reactor Bulgaria Kozloduy »

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STICKING OF SHIELD PLUG IN THE FUEL CHANNEL

Fuelling machine failed to unlock and remove the shield plug. The shield was manually removed by draining the fuel channel. During the operation, no person was exposed to high radiation fields.
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Category: Power Reactor Pakistan »

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REACTOR SCRAM DUE TO A FIRE OF SECOND CATEGORY OF RELIABILITY BUSES

During normal power operation a fire detector reported a fire of 0,4kV bus of the second category of reliability buses. The operational personnel shut down the reactor using scram button of emergency command 1.
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Category: Power Reactor Czech Republic Dukovany »

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FIRE OF BUSES OF SECOND CATEGORY OF RELIABILITY BUSES

During normal power operation a fire detector reported a fire in the room of the second category of reliability buses. The buses did not lose voltage. In order to repair damaged parts the operational personnel tripped the reactor by standard procedure. On 2% reactor power the bus was put off voltage and due to this two spray pumps became inoperable. The reactor is now in shutdown cooling mode.
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Category: Power Reactor Bohunice Slovakia »

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LOSS OF ELECTRICAL OFF-SITE POWER AFFECTED THE FOUR UNITS LOAD REJECTION AND DIESEL GENERATOR FAILED

A short circuit occurred in an external 400 kV switching station. It resulted in a disconnection of both 400 kV and 110 kV lines to all four units: Unit 1 failed to cope with the load rejection, it resulted in a reactor scram. Unit 2 and 4 reduced their power to the level of self-consumption. Unit 3 that had been shut down for refuelling, lost power supply and one of its two operable DGs failed to start automatically.
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Category: Power Reactor Czech Republic Dukovany »

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REACTOR COOLANT LEAKAGE DUE TO FAILURE OF SEALING OF MAIN REACTOR FLANGE

On 21 December 1990 a leak was discovered from the first two (inner) out of four nickel sealing rings of the main reactor flange. The gas-aerosol activity of the air under the reactor protective cap was measured 2.7-3 x 10-9 Ci/l (100 Bq/l).
The reactor was shut down manually by the operator due to a violation of the limits and conditions for safe operation.
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Category: Power Reactor Bulgaria Kozloduy »

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FAULTY WELD DETECTED ON PRIMARY CIRCUIT


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Category: Power Reactor Oskarshamn Sweden »

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IMPACT ON SAFETY DUE TO PARTIAL INOPERABILITY OF THE LONG TERM COOLING SYSTEM (WATER SUMP FILTERS)

Anomaly detected by an inspector of the regulatory body. Filters of the water sump on the containment building were not properly installed to prevent safety pumps from sucking debris. This system is expected to inject cooling water to the reactor core after a major rupture of primary piping.

Category: Power Reactor France Paluel »