Software error late Belgian nuclear plant shutdown

Apr

25

2016

The cause of the shutdown of the Belgian nuclear power station Doel 3 on Thursday, is a software error, according to manager Electrabel. The error caused the security blocked automatically when running scans themselves.

Doel 3 nuclear power station Belgium The implementation of the daily self-scanning of the steam turbines of the Goal 3-central, Thursday fell together with a test which Electrabel to run the four months. Due to an error in the software running the four month test was considered by the daily scan as a problem, writes De Morgen on the basis of a statement of Electrabel.

Then the standard took effect whereby the central shuts off. “We will now adjust the self-scan settings so this can not happen again,” the power company reports. Goal 3 fell on Thursday at 15:30, and the cause was not yet known. According to the company, there was no safety concern.

In March 2014 Goal 3 was already shut down, after the discovery of thousands of small cracks. there is now of four nuclear power plants near the village of Doel, only one in operation. The other two are temporarily shut down for maintenance. Electrabel Doel 3 states to come into force again Saturday.

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