Blast at French nuclear power plant of similar design to Hinkley C

An explosion has occurred at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear plant in northern France, causing minor injuries but no risk of contamination, authorities have said.

“It is a significant technical event but it is not a nuclear accident,” Olivier Marmion, a senior local official, told AFP.

The plant 15 miles west of Cherbourg has been in operation since the 1980s.

EDF said a fire had led to a blast in the machine room of one of the two nuclear reactors. The fire had been “immediately” brought under control and the No 1 reactor disconnected from the grid, it added. A new reactor is being built at the site but the explosion did not take place there, a spokeswoman said. …”

Marmion said five people had reported feeling unwell but that there were no serious injuries, adding that rescue services were at the site.

Authorities said the incident was declared over at 11am GMT. …”