Fire hits nuclear plant — Blaze started hours after reactor was restarted #Ringhals #Sweden

Published: June 12th, 2013 at 4:11 pm ET
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Title: Fire hits Swedish nuke plant near Gothenburg
Source: The Local
Date: June 12, 2013
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Fire hits Swedish nuke plant near Gothenburg [...]

The blaze started shortly after 9am at Ringhals’ Reactor 1 and was extinguished less than an hour later. [...]

“Now we have to disassemble certain parts in order to access where the fire took place and see what the damage is and we don’t know how long that will take,” Ringshals spokesman Gösta Larsen told TT.

Ringhals’ Reactor 1 was restarted on Tuesday after having been shut down the day before due to a broken meter. [...]

On Tuesday, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten, SSM) announced Ringhals would no longer be held under special observation, a status implemented for Ringhals by the agency back in 2009 following a series of safety lapses.

See also: Fire in reactor containment at Swedish nuke plant blamed on Vacuum cleaner -- Over $250 Million in losses

Published: June 12th, 2013 at 4:11 pm ET
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11 comments to Fire hits nuclear plant — Blaze started hours after reactor was restarted #Ringhals #Sweden

  • ftlt

    How common a fires at nuclear power stations???

    Is there a recent up tick going on??? There seems to be a bunch reported recently..

    Or is this the result of higher scrutiny by watchdog groups and an alerted media after a story???

    Or is this the programing worm the USA and Israel admitted to attacking Iran with – the one that got away at work???

    Does anyone one have a total on Nuclear Incidents reported by year from a trusted source???… Certainly, not the scrubed Wiki or the like.. TIA


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  • Urban27

    Its not exactly energy NEWS, as it is two years old incident.
    But never the less, it showed how easy it is to forget a running vacuum cleaner. It also shows how stupid we humans are, thinking we are perfect.
    This also could have been devastating.
    This shows total clear that small mistakes can be enormous danger.
    If it was an other sort of industry – it can be dangerous, but nuclear makes a BIG difference!


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  • weeman

    It is simple logic the more complicated a piece of machinery is the more things can wrong, the more moving part only adds to the scenario and these are monstrosities of mankind, we can find a better way to boil water.
    If the Japanese were so smart they would have invested in geothermal power instead of nuclear, look at their location on the ring of fire, guess they never could think for themselves. Ba


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  • Urban27

    It was on the 13:th of nov 2011 vacuum cleaner was left behind, and caused the fire. It was in the 2:d reactor.

    http://www.thelocal.se/37328/20111113/

    The year before there was another fire at the third reactor, and it was shut down for a year.


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    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      This is a separate incident:

      'Vacuum cleaner' behind Swedish nuke plant fire
      Published: 13 Nov 11 11:56 CET
      "The fire in reactor 2 at nuclear power plant Ringhals, south of Gothenburg, will cost the power plant roughly 1.8 billion kronor ($267 million) in lost profits, reports TV channel SVT…."
      http://www.thelocal.se/37328/20111113/

      Fire hits Swedish nuke plant near Gothenburg
      Published: 12 Jun 13 10:57 CET
      "A small fire broke out at the Ringhals nuclear power plant in western Sweden on Wednesday morning, less than a day after the reactor had been restarted…."
      http://www.thelocal.se/48454/20130612/

      All nuclear reactors need to be permanently shut down.


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  • Urban27

    besides I can tell the Electrical power companies try each year to make the reactors go offline during winter time. This makes the price on electricity go up. They save expences on fuel, and makes more money on the rest electricity they sell.


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