NRG reactor will be down longer

The Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) reactor in the Netherlands will be shut down beyond the anticipated February 2009 start-up date.

The NRG said a repair to a cooling sleeve has become more complex and will delay the restart of the unit that produces medical isotopes.

The NRG noted that the additional maintenance will mean a delay "of a few months" to complete the repairs, but the group is exploring other options to possibly restart the unit sooner. The reactor has been offline since August.

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