Status Doel 3 / Tihange 2 investigation

A guaranteed electricity supply is presently a hot topic of conversation. The current debate also covers questions relating to the future availability of the Doel 3 and Tihange 2 nuclear reactors, which were shut down in the spring of this year as a preventive measure to ascertain the potential consequences of the presence of hydrogen flakes in the steel of the reactor vessel.

The Nuclear Research Centre is currently conducting a wide-ranging and comprehensive test programme to analyse the limited results of earlier radiation tests in the BR2 research reactor in more detail. Additional radiation tests were carried out to create a more extensive database with results based on the various parameters. A team of SCK•CEN expert researchers has been working continually on this test programme, on the basis of sound scientific principles, for several months now. The tests are progressing to schedule and, as previously advised, will take several more weeks.

SCK•CEN recognizes that, in the present circumstances, the demand for results is ever more pressing but, at this stage of the test proceedings, prefers to wait until all necessary information has been collated and analysed, after which the operator of Doel 3 and Tihange 2 will submit the results to the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control.