Date: Apr 28, 2015
By: Lauly Li / Staff reporter
One of the Ma-anshan Nuclear Power Plant’s two reactors was shut down
yesterday after a fire late on Sunday night involving an auxiliary electrical transformer in a non-nuclear area of the Pingtung County plant, state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) said.
Taipower said the fire began inside a transformer outside the second reactor and a fire alarm was triggered at 11:58pm on Sunday. The fire was extinguished by the plant’s automatic sprinkler system within 17 minutes, it said.
“The incident did not cause a radioactive leak. The body of the second reactor was not affected by the incident, but for safety reasons we have suspended its operation until the damaged parts of the power transmission system are repaired,” Taipower spokesman Lin Te-fu (林德福) told a press conference in Taipei. [FULL STORY]