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Jellyfish halt British nuclear power station
水母悠哉漂 英國核電廠警戒暫閉

The fishing boats, dredging jellyfish which have gathered in the bay area, sails past the water intake of the Torness power station near Edinburgh in Scotland last Thursday.
撈捕群聚海灣的水母群的漁船,上週四行經蘇格蘭愛丁堡托尼斯核電廠的進水口。

Photo: Reuters
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A nuclear power station in eastern Scotland had to shut down its reactors after “high volumes” of jellyfish were found on its seawater filter screens, the operating company said last Thursday.

“Both units at Torness power station were manually shut down on 28 June, due to the high volumes of jellyfish fouling the cooling water screens,” said a statement from EDF Energy, which runs the power station near Dunbar.

It explained that the shutdown was purely a precautionary*measure and insisted that “at no time was there a danger to the public”, nor had there been any impact on the environment. The nuclear regulator had also been informed.

“Reduced cooling water flows due to ingress from jelly fish, seaweed and other marine debris are considered as part of the station’s safety case and are not an unknown phenomenon,” the statement said.

Work was nunder way to clear the jellyfish from the waters near the power station, and staff were also monitoring the area for more jellyfish.

“The reactors will be restarted once the jellyfish situation subsides,” the energy company said.

(AFP)

蘇格蘭東部的一座核電廠上週四表示,因「大量」水母現身該核電廠的海水濾水網域,迫使廠房關閉。

經營這座鄰近鄧巴的英國EDF能源公司在一份聲明稿中指出,「因發現冷卻水進水口遭大批水母堵塞,核電廠在六月二十八日手動關閉其兩座核子反應爐。」

廠方解釋,關閉核電廠單純是個預防措施,並堅持強調「此對大眾絲毫無害」,亦對環境無任何衝擊。核電官員也獲悉此事。

這份聲明稿寫道:「水母、海藻與其他海洋廢棄物的入侵,減少冷卻水流,這是核電廠的安全事件,並非未知狀況。」

清除電廠附近水域水母的工作已展開,電廠人員也會持續監控該區,看是否有更多水母造成危害。

廠方表示,「當水母群聚狀況獲得改善,反應爐將隨即重新運作。」

(法新社/翻譯:林亞蒂)

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