BRUSSELS: A Brussels court docket dominated on Thursday that Belgium doesn't need to shut down Engie's Tihange-2 nuclear reactor after a problem fr
Belgium’s nuclear regulator AFCN allowed the 1,008 megawatt reactor to restart in 2015 after it was closed for an investigation into apparent cracks. The plaintiffs argued this permission mustn’t have been granted.
A lawyer for neighbouring cities, together with Aachen and Maastricht, informed Reuters that nothing would change for the plant, which is a few 45 kilometres (28 miles) from the Dutch border and 70 km from Germany.
The reactor, one among three on the Tihange plant operated by Engie’s Belgian unit Electrabel, was closed in 2012 and once more in 2014 after inspections revealed tiny cracks in its core tanks.
In an uncommon diplomatic transfer, Germany requested in 2016 that the nuclear plant be taken offline till security issues have been addressed.
However the Belgian regulator authorised a restart in November 2015 after discovering the cracks have been hydrogen flakes within the partitions of the reactor tank and that these didn’t compromise the plant’s security.
The Belgian authorities determined in 2018 that the nation’s nuclear power crops, Tihange and Doel, can be closed in 2025. Tihange-2 is scheduled to shut in February 2023.