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Fire in the Monts d’Arrée: 80 employees evacuated from the Brennilis power plant – The Monts d’Arrée affected by a violent fire




It’s 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The swirling fire, fanned by a wind blowing at 40 – 45 km/h, plays hide and seek with the firefighters. Claire Maynadier, sub-prefect of Châteaulin, has just hung up on the director of the Brennilis nuclear power plant. The evacuation of personnel is therefore not envisaged. “The fire front is not near. Nevertheless, it remains uncontrolled. We remain vigilant, ”she explains.

No fissile material

Three hours later, the decision was made to ask the 80 employees working to dismantle the site to leave the premises. “The fire is not coming our way. On the other hand, with the wind which keeps changing direction, we are bothered by the fumes”, relates Alexandre Plougoulen, EDF communication officer. A dozen people stayed to secure the installation, which has been in dismantling since 1985.

“The dismantling has of course a deadline framed by the law. On the other hand, the stoppage of work for 24 hours does not impact this deadline”, adds Alexandre Plougoulen, recalling that the Brennilis nuclear power plant no longer contains any fissile material, but tons of concrete and steel.

“We will resume work on Wednesday”

On the thermal power plant side, by chance a shutdown was scheduled for this Tuesday at 1 p.m. for a period of 24 hours. The three combustion turbines have therefore, as planned, stopped producing electricity. “The fumes could have clogged their ventilation. We will resume work on Wednesday, if the situation allows. “. Again, ten people on call were kept in the area.



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