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The Doel 2 nuclear reactor in Antwerp, Belgium was manually shut down due to a leak.

Doel 2 nuclear plant Antwerp

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According to nuclear watchdog, Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC), the Belgian nuclear reactor Doel 2 in Antwerp, has been manually shut down in the night from Wednesday to Thursday, after people from Engie Electrabel noticed a leak. They noticed that much more hydrogen than usual was being used to cool the alternator indicating a leak.

That is why it was decided to shut down the reactor preventively, which immediately drastically reduces any risks. The situation is under control.


Both the FANC and Engie Electrabel are monitoring the reactor. Currently, they are attempting to find the source of the leak, but it is believed to be in the non-nuclear part of the reactor. Once the leak is closed, the nuclear reactor can than be restarted. The Doel 2 nuclear reactor is one of the smallest reactors out of a total of seven in the country. It has a maximum capacity of 445 megawatts and has been operating since 1975.

Since its beginning of operation in 1975, the Doel 2 nuclear reactor had three main incidents with an INES-2 (International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale) rating or higher in 2011, 2012 and 2014.


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