Nevertheless, the reactor tank was passed as safe. "After they were built, the reactors were subjected to safety checks and they met the criteria back then.”
However, "The safety norms are now very different. You could ask the question, whether the international safety code is strict enough. An important question. We’ll see. I’m not going to pass judgement.”
Speaking on VRT radio, Mr De Roovere was more explicit. “This could mean that if it carries on like this we should conclude that the code isn’t strict enough. "
It would spell big problems if this were found to be the case. "There is already a global problem that would become even more global because it would then affect all reactors that had been built like in this way at that time.”
There are 350 such reactors across the globe.
The reactor tanks at Doel 3 and Tihange 2 (Liège province) that is also out of service, were made by the same company Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij.
Mr De Roovere concludes that as Tihange 2 was built at more or less the same time as Doel 3 “There is more than 50% chance that the same defects will be found at Tihange.”