Fire shuts down unit at nuclear plant — Officials: “Triggered by ‘minor’ fire in oil tanker outside reactor building”

Published: April 17th, 2013 at 2:49 pm ET
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Deccan Herald, April 16, 2013: Fire shuts down Kalpakkam unit [...] The second unit of the Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) at Kalpakkam, [India] about 80 km from Chennai, has shut down following a “minor” fire. The MAPS second unit, which had been generating 160 MW, suddenly tripped due to a “fault in the generator transformer” which is in turn believed to be triggered by a “minor” fire in an oil tanker outside the reactor building, official sources said when contacted over telephone on Tuesday. [...]

NY Daily News, April 16, 2013: Fire-struck reactor will take month to restart: MAPS director [...] It will take not less than one month to restart generation from Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) second unit that tripped Monday due to fire in a transformer, a senior plant official said. [... "]If it is an outside fault, then the unit can be restarted in a month’s time. On the other hand if the fault is inside the transformer, then it may take more time to sort it out,” MAPS station director T.J. Kotteeswaran told IANS over phone from Kalpakkam, around 70 km from here. [...] According to Kotteeswaran, there was no damage to the turbine due to its sudden stoppage. [...]

From yesterday: Emergency declared after fire at U.S. nuclear plant -- Lasted almost 30 minutes

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