Spokeswoman Nele Scheerlinck told VRT News that Doel 4 re-entered service at around 9:30am.
"Test procedures are being followed and gradually power will be built up so that Doel 4 should be operating at full capacity again by the afternoon”.
With the Doel 1 and Doel 2 reactions out of action for routine maintenance and the Doel 3 reactor not due to be re-enter production until the beginning August, the incident with the Doel 4 reactor meant that the power station wasn’t producing any electricity at all for just over a day and a half.
Nevertheless, electricity supply was never under threat. The Doel nuclear power station is good for 15% of the electricity produced in Belgium. The 4 reactors entered service between 1975 and 1985 and have a total production capacity of 2,905 megawatts. With a production capacity of 1,039 megawatts, Doel 4 is the largest of the reactors at the Doel nuclear power station.