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Voormalig gemeentehuis te Dessel.jpg
Flag of Dessel
Coat of arms of Dessel
Coat of arms
Dessel is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°14′N 05°07′E / 51.233°N 5.117°E / 51.233; 5.117Coordinates: 51°14′N 05°07′E / 51.233°N 5.117°E / 51.233; 5.117
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Turnhout
 • Mayor Kris Van Dijck (N-VA)
 • Governing party/ies N-VA
 • Total 27.03 km2 (10.44 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 9,420
 • Density 350/km2 (900/sq mi)
Postal codes 2480
Area codes 014

Dessel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɛsəl]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises only the town of Dessel proper. On January 1, 2013, Dessel had a total population of 9.300 inhabitants. The total area is 27.03 km² which gives a population density of 325 inhabitants per km².

Nuclear industries[edit]

Dessel hosts several nuclear facilities:

  • Belgoprocess, ex Eurochemic reprocessing plant (OECD), now in charge of the operational waste management for Ondraf/Niras.
  • BelgoNucléaire, an old MOX factory, presently closed and to be decommissioned in the future.
  • Franco-Belge de Fabrication du Combustible (FBFC) making nuclear fuel assemblies;
  • The Dessel site was selected in June 2006 by the Belgian government to construct the first shallow land disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste in Belgium. The decision was taken after consultation of the local authorities and the population in the frame of the Stola consultation group.


The town has two football clubs:

  • K.F.C. Witgoor Sport, which plays in the Belgian Fourth Division.
  • K.F.C. Dessel Sport, which plays in the Belgian Second Division.



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