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Explosion hits NPP in France, no nuclear risk — paper

February 09, 13:26 UTC+3

Several people were injured as an explosion hit Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant in northern France

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Construction site of th EPR third generation nuclear reactor in Flamanville, NW France

Construction site of th EPR third generation nuclear reactor in Flamanville, NW France

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PARIS, February 9. /TASS/. An explosion rocked the construction site of a new reactor at Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant in northern France, Ouest France newspaper reported on Thursday.

The explosion poses no nuclear risk as the reactor has not been put into operation, the paper said, adding that several people were injured in the accident.

The paper gave no details on the causes of the explosion.

The Flamanville power plant houses two pressurized water reactors that produce 1.3 GWe each and came into service in 1986 and 1987, respectively. Construction on the new reactor, Flamanville 3, began in 2007. Its start-up is scheduled for late 2018.

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