BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The ENGIE Electrabel company operating the Doel nuclear power plant (NPP) in northern Belgium said on Monday that it had decided to halt the activities of a reactor at the NPP ahead of the schedule.
According to ENGIE Electrabel, the company stopped the reactor's activities due to the necessity to hold maintenance work in the cooling system.
Belgium has a total number of seven reactors. In 2012, inspections showed the existence of tiny flaws in the steel rings used in the construction of the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactors. The reactors were temporarily shut down for safety inspections but Belgium restarted them after the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) declared them "safe for operation."
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