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Belgium, Engie to extend operation of two nuclear power plant reactors


According to Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Belgium and Engie have agreed to extend the operation of two nuclear power plant reactors, Doel 4 and Tihange 3, 2035.

Raimond Spekking
Raimond Spekking
Extension of the two plants' operational hours could begin tomorrow, he said, thanks to this decision.

Belgium and Engie agreed in principle to extend the operation of two reactors at the country's two nuclear power stations, Doel 4 and Tihange 3, until 2035 at the end of July 2022 in response to the energy crisis in the European Union. The sides intend to finalize their deal by the end of 2022, according to De Croo at the time, so that "the country can be certain of having enough electricity in an unstable geopolitical situation."

Belgian broadcaster RTBF notes that the reactors should be operational for an extra 10 years starting in November 2026. Work will be done up until then to get them ready for more years of operation.

According to the contract between Belgium and Engie, the two reactors will be jointly operated by the nation and the firm.

source: rtbf.be