Fire halts Swedish n-reactor

Moscow, Oct 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A nuclear reactor in the Swedish town of Oskarshamn was closed down after a fire broke out at the power plant, Sweden’s newspaper Local reported.

The reactor was shut down Saturday night, according to plant operator OKG.

The fire broke out in the turbine hall of unit 2 and was quickly put out by the plant’s own emergency services, after which the reactor and the turbine were closed down as a precautionary measure.

‘Fires are always serious in this type of facility, but this happened in the conventional turbine hall and not in the reactor itself,’ said Anders Osterberg, OKG communications director.

The nuclear plant is located on Sweden’s south west coast, some 30 km north of Oskarshamn. The plant’s three reactors produce about 10 percent of the country’s electricity.

–IANS/RIA Novosti