Europe's largest nuclear reactor shut down after failure

Europe's largest nuclear reactor, Finland's Olkiluoto 3, was shut down automatically due to a technical problem but is expected to return to production on November 21 after repairs, AFP reported.

"The Olkiluoto 3 unit was in normal production mode when a fault in the turbine installation automatically stopped power generation at the facility. During the failure, the facility was operating as intended," TVO said in a statement.

"The cause of the failure was determined to be a malfunctioning temperature measurement in the generator's cooling system," the statement said, adding that "the incident had no impact on nuclear safety."

Europe's next-generation pressurized water reactor (EPR), built by the French-led Areva-Siemens consortium, produces about 14% of Finland's electricity.

It entered regular service in April 2023, some 18 years after construction began and 14 years after it was originally scheduled to go into commercial production.

Like several other EPR projects, it has been plagued by repeated construction delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns.

With a production capacity of 1,600 megawatts, Olkiluoto 3 is the largest nuclear reactor in Europe, and Ukraine's Zaporozhye power plant, with its six reactors, is the largest nuclear power plant.

In recent years, nuclear technology has enjoyed renewed popularity as a way to reduce carbon emissions. /BGNES