Oconee Nuclear Unit 1 Shuts Down After Transformer Fire

 Oconee Nuclear Unit 1 Shuts Down After Transformer Fire

A fire inside a main transformer at Unit 1 of the Oconee nuclear power plant in South Carolina caused the reactor to automatically shut down.
 
According to a report filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, workers with Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) called for offsite assistance with three local fire departments responding. The fire was brought under control in about an hour. The fire damaged an overhead power line that supplies emergency power to all three Oconee units. Offsite power is still available.
 
There were no injuries reported during the incident, and all systems operated as designed. Units 2 and 3 continue to operate at full power.
 
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