France's Oldest Nuclear Plant Shut Down After Incident
The accidental closing of a valve controlling the steam supply to the turbine generator automatically shut down Fessenheim's reactor 2. Technicians were working on the issue and a restart date had yet to be determined, an EDF spokeswoman told Reuters.
"These are two incidents that have no bearing on the security of the plants nor for the environment," the spokeswoman said.
The 1,800-megawatt plant is unpopular due to its age and location in an earthquake-prone zone of eastern France and has attracted media attention since President Francois Hollande said in his electoral pledge he planned to shut it down by 2016.
Fessenheim's two 900-megawatt reactors have been in operation since 1977.