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Authorities have said there is no risk of contamination from an explosion that occurred at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear plant in northern France. EDF said the blast at 9.40am on Thursday was caused by a fire in the turbine hall, which is outside the nuclear zones of the power station, located 15 miles west of the port of Cherbourg. Five people were treated for smoke inhalation.
...In a post on Facebook on Thursday, German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said it was not Germany's place to influence the shutdown of nuclear reactors in other countries but expressed concerns about their safety. "We are concerned whether the necessary reactor safety at these facilities reactors has been adequately guaranteed," she wrote on Facebook.
...Belgium is currently importing around 2 GW of gas out of a total import capacity of 5 GW. Belgium typically imports almost a third of its gas from Norway via North Sea pipelines and around a quarter from the neighbouring Netherlands.
Norway has said it has spare gas, but would only export more if it made commercial sense.
Belgium can also import large quantities of liquefied natural gas (LNGLF) (LNG), largely from Qatar, via tankers through its terminal at Zeebrugge.
Yet importing more gas could be problematic during the upcoming peak demand winter season as Belgium could find itself competing with other European nations because of knock-on effects from the Ukraine conflict.
originally posted by: penroc3
i wish i still had some of the clearances that i had, some of the scuttlebutt i've heard is all over the plae so who knows what t the real story is.