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Nuclear reactor Doel 3 restarted earlier than expected

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The nuclear reactor Doel 3 was restarted on Wednesday morning, a little earlier than foreseen, Nele Scheerlinck, communications head at the power station, stated.

Doel 3 has been shut down for maintenance since June 7. The reactor was initially to be re-commissioned on Saturday August 3, but on Tuesday this date was put forward to Friday. The re-commissioning was able to take place a few days earlier.

The reactor is not in any case yet running at full capacity because of maintenance work on the high-voltage grid planned by operator Elia. Consequently, only a limited quantity of power can be fed into it, Mme Scheerlinck emphasised. “Doel 3, just like Doel 4, will be operating at half capacity until Friday evening.”

The Brussels Times