Nuclear plant unexpectedly shuts down due to transformer issue

USA, Washington: Columbia Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in south-eastern Washington, shut down unexpectedly at the end of last week as the plant’s systems detected a problem with electrical distribution and automatically disconnected the main power transformers from the grid.

Plant officials are investigating the issue, which involved one of the plant’s three transformers, according to the spokesman for Energy Northwest, John Dobken, reports The Island Packet.

The exact cause is yet to be established.

The nuclear plant is located along the Columbia River at the Hanford nuclear complex, 10 miles north of Richland, Washington.

Source: The Island Packet