Forty year old Swiss nuke shut because of faulty main pump

According to an Agence France-Presse story carried today in the Inquirer News:

A reactor at the world’s oldest functioning nuclear plant, in Beznau, Switzerland, has been temporarily shut down because of a problem with its main pump, its operator Axpo said late Friday.

The halt at the Block 2 reactor is expected to last several days.

The Block 2 reactor at Beznau came online March 15, 1972. Block 1 at the same plant is the world’s oldest operating nuclear reactor, having started commercial operations on Christmas Eve, 1969.

Both reactors at Beznau use a percentage of mixed oxide fuel, a nuclear material that blends plutonium with either uranium, reprocessed uranium or depleted uranium.

Here’s a link to the Inquirer News article:


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