Reactor shut down at Fessenheim

Number Two reactor at France’s oldest nuclear facility back online after Easter weekend shutdown

20 April 2014

ONE OF the two reactors at France’s oldest nuclear plant, Fessenheim, automatically shut down over the Easter weekend.

The Number Two reactor at the 37-year-old facility automatically shut down shortly after 10.40pm on April 18, after a fault was detected in a turbine generator, EDF said.

The reactor was back online on Sunday afternoon, the power supplier reported on its website.

A spokesman said that the incident had “no impact” on safety at the plant and posed no environmental risk.

He said: “Automatic shutdown was triggered after a valve, which regulates steam supply to the turbine generator in the non-nuclear part of the plant, closed unexpectedly."

According to EDF, the shutdown, which it said was similar to an electrical circuit breaker being triggered, was unrelated to the age of the Fessenheim plant in the Haut-Rhin, Alsace.

The facility’s other reactor has been shutdown since April 9 after a leak was detected in the water supply line of a non-nuclear area of the unit.

Fessenheim was commissioned in 1977 and is due to be closed in 2016. Last month, Greenpeace activists staged a protest at the plant.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
Brexit and Beyond for Britons in France*
Featured Help Guide
What the Brexit deal means for UK residents of France, second homeowners and visitors in 2021 and after
Get news, views and information from France