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Potential defects force extended closure of Belgium nuclear power plant

Belgium nuclear regulator the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control has been forced to extend the closure or the Doel Three nuclear power station, 25km north of Antwerp, after a routine inspection revealed potential problems in the reactor’s pressure vessel.

The inspection meant plant operator Electrabel took the 1GW pressurised water reactor offline at the beginning of June and it will now remain closed until at least August while further investigations try to ascertain whether cracks have formed in its pressure vessel.

The regulator said fuel has been unloaded from the reactor and as result it does not pose a danger to the public.

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