The seven-year-long investigation into an attempted sabotage of the Doel nuclear power plant in 2014 has ended inconclusively. The incident took place on 5 August 2014, when the reactor at the Doel 4 installation shut down automatically. Inspections revealed a disturbance in the steam turbine in a non-nuclear part of the complex. It soon became clear that the problem was an act of sabotage: someone had manually opened a valve in the plant evacuation system, intended to quickly evacuate the 65,000 litres of oil used to lubricate the turbine to an emergency reservoir in the case of fire. No order had been given to open the valve, and operators Electrabel filed a criminal complaint for sabotage with the prosecutor’s office in Dendermonde in East Flanders. But when the possibility of a terrorist motive was raised, the investigation moved to the federal prosecutor’s office, where all terrorist cases are handled. One of the first discoveries made by investigators was the dubious status of the plant’s own security measures. There were no CCTV cameras in strategic places – like the vicinity of the blue valve that set off the alarm – to check who had opened it.
Brussels Times 13th Aug 2021 read more »