September 18, 2008

East China Nuclear Power Plant Said Safe After Transformer Fire

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

[Xinhua: "East China Nuclear Power Plant Safe After Its Transformer Fire"]

Beijing, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) - A nuclear power plant in east China's Jiangsu Province is in safe condition although a fire occurred in late August in a transformer, company sources said on Thursday.

The transformer in the Tianwan nuclear power plant caught fire at 5:32 p.m. on Aug. 26 due to a short circuit, however, the blaze was immediately extinguished, a plant source said, adding it was just "an ordinary incident".

The National Nuclear Safety Administration carried out an on-the- spot check soon after the incident and then assigned inspectors to Jiangsu Nuclear Power Co. Ltd. for a special inspection of nuclear safety.

No radiation leaked and the plant functioned normally, the inspectors confirmed.

Tianwan nuclear power plant is the largest ever technological and economic cooperation project between China and Russia.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 1826 18 Sep 08.

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