Swedish Nuclear Reactor Closed After Fire

October 25, 2011

A nuclear reactor in southern Sweden has been shut down after a fire at the plant.

Plant operator OKG’s spokesman Anders Ostberg says a fire started in a turbine hall of Reactor 2 around midnight Saturday but was quickly extinguished by local rescue workers.

Ostberg said Sunday the blaze appears to have been caused by oil that leaked onto a hot surface.

But he said further investigations are needed to determine what caused the oil leak and that it wasn’t immediately clear when the nuclear plant would reopen.

OKG operates 3 nuclear reactors in the town of Oskarshamn in southeast Sweden.

The Nordic country gets nearly half of its electricity from 10 nuclear reactors, and abandoned plans to dismantle them by 2010.

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