Fire leads to closure of Belgian nuclear reactor

30.11.2014 - PressTV

Fire leads to closure of Belgian nuclear reactor
File photo shows Tihange Nuclear Power Station in Belgium (Image by Press TV)

A nuclear reactor in Belgium has reportedly been shut down following a fire outbreak at the plant.

The Tihange 3 power station was shut down automatically on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. local time (0930 GMT) after one of its transformers caught fire, the Belga News Agency reported.

It is not clear how long the 1,048-megawatt reactor will be closed.

An explosion caused the fire, which was extinguished, Belgium’s Sud Presse newspaper said on its website.

Belgium currently has seven nuclear reactors in two nuclear power stations, at Doel in the north, and Tihange in the south.

Tihange 3 became the fourth Belgian nuclear reactor to go out of service.

The Western European country has adopted a plan that foresees the complete abandonment of nuclear energy by 2025.


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