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Swiss nuclear reactor back up after closure over defect


A reactor at a Swiss nuclear plant that automatically shut down due to a defect was brought back online Thursday evening, the operator said.

“After an interruption of around 24 hours, Block 2 of the Beznau nuclear power plant will start producing electricity again tonight,” operator Axpo said in a statement.

It explained that “a defective safety switch in the non-nuclear part of the plant” had caused the automatic shut-down late Wednesday.

The erroneous triggering of the switch had halted the flow of water into the steam generator, which had caused the reactor to shut down, it explained.

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