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Further statement from EDF Energy after fire at nuclear plant

"EDF Energy can confirm that at 19:18 on 20th April 2013 there was an oil leak and small fire on the lagging surrounding part of the turbine equipment in the turbine hall of unit 2 at Hartlepool power station.

"This occurred while Reactor 2 was being brought back into service following a statutory outage.

"Reactor 2 was successfully shut down and cooled following discovery of the fire.

"The fire service attended site and, together with station staff, quickly brought the fire under control with any residual smouldering extinguished at 19:53.

"There were no injuries as a result of this incident, all staff have been accounted for and there is no threat to the public or staff from this fire which occurred on conventional plant in the turbine hall.

"The station is now in the process of reviewing any damage to the plant and will establish any repair programme required.

"Reactor 1 at the station has been unaffected and continues to operate at full power."

– Statement from EDF Energy

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