Scottish nuclear power station suffers temporary mechanical shutdown

Torness nuclear power stationOne of the two nuclear reactors at the Torness power station near Edinburgh has shut down for an ‘unplanned outage’ – legacy industry jargon for unplanned maintenance due to a mechanical or component failure – its operator has said.

EDF Energy – the French state-owned nuclear generator which owns the British civil nuclear power stations – said the 640MW Torness 1 reactor went offline at 13:56 on Monday. The unit was expected to remain unavailable until 13:30 on 21 July 2014

Torness station director Paul Winkle said there were no safety, health or environmental impacts.

In a message posted on the Torness website, Winkle said: “During testing of the reactor protection system, reactor one automatically shut down. We test this system, which is very sensitive, on a regular basis to prove the reactor will always shut down when required.”


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