The Tihange 2 reactor, shut down since August, was restarted today as planned, according to Engie Electrabel’s website “Transparency”. The Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (AFCN) had authorized the restarting last week.
During the reactor’s planned shutdown for maintenance, it was discovered that the concrete in the bunker’s steam exhaust room was damaged, due to continual exposure to warm and wet conditions. The degraded areas had to be repaired.
An anomaly was then found in the positioning and dimensions of parts of the concrete reinforcement in the building’s ceiling. It was therefore necessary to repair the bunker by placing an additional roof structure.