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‘Safety Belgian nuclear power plant Goal is still not in order’

‘Safety Belgian nuclear power plant Goal is still not in order’

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The implementation of the security plans of the nuclear power plant in doel near Antwerp is not yet entirely in order. That set of twelve experts from the International atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after an inspection of ten days.

According to the experts is, although substantial progress made, but they also see room for further improvements by licensee Engie Electrabel.

The experts examined object 1 and 2, the oldest of the seven reactors in Belgium. They date from 1975. In 2015, it was decided the life with ten year extension. The Belgian authorities had the international watchdog asked to advise on the safety in the longer term.

The IAEA experts suggested Thursday that the board must ensure that all structures and components are checked for aging and that the data in the databases, “consistent and complete’. Many previous recommendations have been taken to heart.

Vervolgmissie

The Belgian nuclear agency FANC concludes that the operator of the ageing programme and the risks are well manages, “in accordance with the international standards’. The board of directors and the FANC to say the recommendations are going to implement. The IAEA about two years back for a vervolgmissie.

The Dutch government is concerned about the safety culture at the plant. Mayors in West-Brabant argued recently for a temporary closure, for the purpose of research to possible improvements.

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