Belgian nuclear reactor shut down three days after restarting

January 2, 2016
Electrabel's Doel 1 reactor in northern Belgium was restarted on December 30, 2015 and then shut down again on January 2, 2016
Electrabel's Doel 1 reactor in northern Belgium was restarted on December 30, 2015 and then shut down again on January 2, 2016

An ageing Belgian nuclear reactor shut down on Saturday afternoon, just three days after it was restarted, but there was no safety risk, the power utility that operates it said.

The Doel 1 reactor in northern Belgium was restarted on December 30, after originally being shut down in February in line with a law that called for the country's gradual exit from .

"Doel 1 automatically shut down at 6:00 pm," a spokeswoman for power utility Electrabel told AFP, confirming a report published by the Belga news agency.

"Everything went according to procedure. There was no impact on safety, and no impact on staff, and the environment."

The company said the shutdown was caused by a "normal safety mechanism", in order to restart it safely.

Belgium agreed last month to extend the life of Doel 1 and Doel 2, both of which are 40 years old, until 2025 under a deal that ended years of battles that threatened the country with .

When running, the two reactors can produce 866 megawatts, equivalent to around six percent of Belgium's total electricity capacity.

Environmentalists, especially in neighbouring Germany which is phasing out nuclear , have criticised extending the life of Belgium's reactors which they say are too old to be considered safe.

Belgium has suffered a series of nuclear mishaps in recent years, with three of the country's seven closed at one point, in two cases due to the discovery of micro-cracks in the reactor vessels.

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WillieWard
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 03, 2016
Environmentalists, especially in neighbouring Germany which is phasing out nuclear power, have criticised extending the life of Belgium's reactors
I'd like to know why the environmentalists are not criticizing wind/solar farms that are ruining natural landscapes, slaughtering millions birds and bats, and neither criticizing Germany by burning a lot of coal to compensate wind/solar intermittency.
"The German Energiewende has not resulted in less dependence on the burning of coal to generate electricity and will not do so anytime soon."
http://judithcurr...misstep/
gkam
1 / 5 (6) Jan 03, 2016
Oh, . . they planned that. Really. They know exactly what they are doing, . . right?

Like at Chernobyl?
gkam
1 / 5 (5) Jan 04, 2016
All those who gave me a one for bringing up Chernobyl should look up "Chernobyl children", and see what they champion. Tell the parents of these kids it is okay.

Do it!
WillieWard
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 04, 2016
"This toxic lake poisons Chinese farmers, their children and their land. It is what's left behind after making the magnets for Britain's latest wind turbines..."
http://www.dailym...ale.html
gkam
1 / 5 (5) Jan 04, 2016
Why are you blaming the users of wind turbines for what the Chinese did?

Say, . . let's compare the costs and residues of nuclear power and wind and PV power, shall we?

Do you really want to do that?
gkam
1 / 5 (5) Jan 04, 2016
Do we need nukes? Nope:

http://ecowatch.c...-hansen/
TheGhostofOtto1923
4 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2016
All those who gave me a one for bringing up Chernobyl should look up "Chernobyl children", and see what they champion. Tell the parents of these kids it is okay.

Do it!

http://www.rageon...html#jCp

you fucking moron
gkam
1 / 5 (5) Jan 04, 2016
"you fucking moron"
-----------------------------------

That is just what I expected from you snipers, hiding behind pseudonyms, too cowardly to reveal yourselves. Unable to debate the issue, you revert to your true character of cowardly assassin.

Let's get back to the issue of dangerous nukes. Buy one today. Many are on the block, and many others have already closed. Pick one and go to it.
WillieWard
3 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2016
dangerous
except it kills less than wind/solar per unit of energy generated and does not need to be backed by fossil fuels which kill even more, neither ruins natural landscapes.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 04, 2016
too cowardly to reveal yourselves
Y dont you list all the 1 or 2 dozen jobs youve had and lost, along with hire and fire dates?

That would certainly reveal a great deal about you that we currently only suspect.
gkam
1 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2016
Who is hiding behind the silly name otto? And why does he display the Order of the British Empire, when he is not authorized to do so?

Lies?

Stolen Valor?

Or just a kid in Mommy's basement, living on benefits fraud?
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 05, 2016
Who is hiding
I dont pretend to be an engr. You do, and you offer to provide engg services which is illegal.

I dont pretend to have degrees that I dont. You do.

I dont make up outrageous bullshit like fallout being the main cause of lung cancer. You do, a lot.

"...they believe their own lies. After all their life is nothing but a lie, a sham, how can we possibly assume they know anything different."

-Youre a liar, a cheat, and a fraud. You yourself have provided all the evidence anyone would need to reach this conclusion.

Hey you know if you leave no one here will ever wonder where you went, ever mention your name, or ever refer to the drivel youve posted here.

Its like you never existed, a nobody.

Remember a few months ago when you got all pouty and didnt post for a few weeks? This is exactly what happened.

For a psychopath you sure picked a bad place to try to make a lasting impression.
rrrander
5 / 5 (1) Jan 09, 2016
Let all of Europe switch to "alternative energy' and learn the words: "energy poverty."
gkam
1 / 5 (4) Jan 09, 2016
I think you do not understand how the systems work.

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