Philippsburg. Yesterday afternoon, a fast shut-down of the turbine in Unit 1 of the Philippsburg Nuclear Power Plant (KKP 1) was triggered. As a consequence, on safety grounds, an automatic fast shut-down of the reactor was performed. It is currently believed that the cause for the fast shut-down of the turbine was an error in the transmission of a measurement data signal, which gave the position of the turbine shaft. The systematic analysis of this process has not yet been completed.
None of these events have had any impact on people, the plant itself or the environment. The regulatory authority, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of the Environment, was immediately informed about the event.
Unit 1 of the Philippsburg Nuclear Power Plant is a boiling water reactor that produces 926 megawatts of electricity. Since 1979, when the plant came into operation, it has generated more than seven billion kilowatt hours of power.