Electrabel, the Belgian arm of French group Engie, shut down the Doel 1 nuclear reactor in northern Belgium late on Saturday because of a problem with an alternator. Engie’s website said that the 433 megawatt Doel 1 reactor had been stopped from about 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Saturday, adding that it was provisionally seen restarting at 11 p.m. on Sunday. An Electrabel spokeswoman said that experts were at the site and that the restart time was the best estimate available. “There is a problem with the alternator. It’s in the non-nuclear part of the plant,” she said. The smaller and older Doel 1 and 2 reactors were to have been decommissioned this year, but the government and Engie agreed a 10-year extension at the start of December. Doel 1 was originally stopped for good in February, but restarted last month.
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