Fire in reactor containment at Swedish nuke plant blamed on Vacuum cleaner — Over $250 Million in losses

Published: November 14th, 2011 at 10:47 am ET
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‘Vacuum cleaner’ behind Swedish nuke plant fire, The Local (Sweden), Nov. 13, 2011:

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.

The fire broke out when performing a pressure test of the reactor’s containment on May 10. Someone forgot to remove a wet vacuum cleaner from the premises, which then caught on fire.

“Those items aren’t supposed to be left in the containment, when testing,” said energy company Vattenfall’s nuclear power head Peter Gango to SVT. “It was a human error, and those shouldn’t occur in our power plants.” [...]

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