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Fire at Ringhals nuclear plant

Published onsdag 12 juni 2013 kl 10.58
Around half of Sweden's electricity comes from nuclear. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/Scanpix

Firefighters converged on the Swedish nuclear power plant at Ringhals on Wednesday morning, to help the plant's staff put out a fire in Reactor 1.

Roger Banck, at Varberg's emergency services, says to Swedish Radio Halland that smoke was coming from the oil in the insulation from at least one part of the turbine hall.

News agency TT reports that the fire was put out after a few minutes, by the plant's own firefighters.

Ringhals spokesman Gösta Larsen says to TT that Reactor 1 will run at 50 percent capacity while they investigate the site of the fire.

Reactor 1 had been out of action for a day, to repair a gauge in the containment area, and was only re-started early on Tuesday morning.

Also on Tuesday the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said it was ceasing its special surveillance of Ringhals, that had been aimed at dealing with a shortfall in the nuclear plant's security systems.

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