Indian nuclear power plant is shut down as it contracts “smallpox”
An Indian nuclear power plant has contracted what is being described as smallpox in a bizarre disease outbreak.
The Kakrapar Nuclear Power Plant in Gujarat has been shut down as officials attempt to work out what is corroding leaking pipes inside the complex.
Experts have said the pipes, which are made from a rare alloy, have contracted a smallpox-like virus which is spreading throughout two Indian Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) at Kakrapar in Gujarat
Officials have been desperately trying to work out what is causing the strange symptoms, but after a year, they are still none the wiser, according to NDTV.
Just over a year ago on March 11, 2016, a unit started leaking and had to be shut down in an emergency due to the amount of water gushing from it.
Several weeks after the leak it was revealed four huge cracks had formed on a coolant tube which was blamed for the incident.
As a result, tubes were exposed to high temperatures and a heavy load of water, which caused them to corrode.
The issue was widespread throughout the pipework, and was identified as a smallpox-like disease.
As a team of scientists work on a possible cause, they have unearthed similar leaks at the plant dating as far back as 2012.
Investigators now believe carbon dioxide used in Kakrapar may have been contaminated, which would have caused the smallpox-like corrosion.
The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has temporarily closed all affected plants until a solution is found.
smells very “stuxnet” like..but not computer related?
“Experts have said the pipes, which are made from a rare alloy, have contracted a smallpox-like virus which is spreading throughout two Indian Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) at Kakrapar in Gujarat”
lets hope this is a one off..and can be fixed..