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Brussels attacks aftermath: Two nuclear plants partly evacuated

Staff not essential for the running of two nuclear plants in Belgium have been evacuated at the request of authorities, the plants’ French operator Engie said.

Brussels attack Updated: Mar 22, 2016 22:37 IST
File photo of Doel nuclear power plant in Antwerp, Belgium
File photo of Doel nuclear power plant in Antwerp, Belgium(Picture courtesy: Wikipedia)

Staff not essential for the running of nuclear plants in Doel and Tihange in Belgium have been evacuated at the request of Belgian authorities, the plants’ French operator, Engie, said on Tuesday.

An Engie spokesperson told Reuters that key staff remained on site to continue operating the facilities.

He added that the evacuation was part of a set of safety measures related to the high security alert in the country following deadly attacks at Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train in the Belgian capital.

Belgian broadcaster VTM had said earlier that Tihange had been evacuated following the attacks.

Engie owns and operates seven reactors in Belgium through its Belgian unit, Electrabel.