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    Belgian nuclear plant shuts down until summer

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    The nuclear reactor Tihange 1, with its 962 MW capacity, will be shut down on Tuesday for a period of seven months from 31 December until 10 July as part of the power station’s annual overhaul, according to information provided by the operator, Engie Electrabel.

    This period was chosen by Engie Electrabel to enable the reactor to supply electricity during November and December, thereby contributing to energy supply security in Belgium.

    Belgium’s seven nuclear power stations are obliged by law to undergo scheduled maintenance every 12 or 18 months.

    Furthermore, Tihange 1 – just like Doel 1 and 2 – is undergoing important works in connection with the 10-year extension of its operation.

    Electrabel has planned for a 1.3 billion euro investment in the extension, lasting until 2025, of the Doel 1, Doel 2 and Tihange 1 operations.

    The Brussels Times