Belgium rss

Test anomalies trigger early outages at Belgian units

Regulation and Safety

26 March 2014

Tihange reactor building 48Belgian utility Electrabel has brought forward planned outages for units at its Tihange and Doel plants after additional tests on hydrogen flakes suggested these may affect the mechanical properties of their reactor vessels.

Belgian simulator order for L-3 MAPPS

Corporate

17 December 2013

Tihange 48Canada-based L-3 MAPPS is to supply unit 1 of the Tihange nuclear power plant in Belgium with a full-scope operator training simulator.

Regulator OKs Belgian reactor restart

Regulation and Safety

17 May 2013

Doel 48Belgian reactor operator Electrabel is preparing to restart units at Tihange and Doel after national nuclear regulators confirmed that crack-like indications discovered in the reactors' pressure vessels are of no safety significance.

Non-proliferation move by Japan

Nuclear Policies

24 March 2014

Plutonium removal from Italy (NNSA) 65x48Plutonium and highly-enriched uranium research reactor fuel in Japan will be sent to the USA for downblending or disposal. The announcement came as world leaders convene in the Netherlands for the third Nuclear Security Summit.

Myrrha accelerates towards realisation

New Nuclear

15 October 2013

Myrrha site plan (SCK-CEN)_48Belgium's SCK-CEN has awarded a €24 million ($32 million) contract for front-end engineering design for the Myrrha accelerator-driven research reactor to a multinational consortium led by Areva.

Isotope reactor steps up to the plate

Regulation and Safety

02 May 2013

BR2 top view reference (SCK-CEN) 74x48Belgium's BR2 reactor is to run an additional production cycle to guarantee supplies of vital medical isotopes while the Netherlands' HFR reactor remains out of action due to unforeseen problems.