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IEA advises rethink on Belgian phase-out policy

Nuclear Policies

20 May 2016

Belgium should reconsider its nuclear energy phase-out policy, the International Energy Agency has suggested following a review of the country's overall energy policy. Belgium should adopt a national long-term energy strategy "without delay" in order to decarbonize the economy while ensuring security of supply and affordability of energy, it said.

Belgian reactor resumes operation after vessel inspections

Regulation and Safety

15 December 2015

Tihange plant - 48Electrabel restarted unit 2 of Belgium's Tihange nuclear power plant yesterday. The unit had been offline since March 2014 for investigations into manufacturing flaws in its reactor pressure vessel.

Electrabel prepares restart of Doel 3 and Tihange 2

Regulation and Safety

18 November 2015

Belgium's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control yesterday announced it had approved the restart of the Doel 3 and Tihange 2 nuclear power plant units. Operator of the plants, Electrabel, said the regulator had concluded that "it is totally safe" to bring the reactors back into operation, following investigations into manufacturing flaws in their pressure vessels.

Two oldest Doel units cleared for restart

Regulation and Safety

23 December 2015

Doel plant 48The Belgian nuclear regulator has approved the restart of units 1 and 2 of the Doel plant. The units - which were both taken offline earlier this year in accordance with the country's nuclear phase-out legislation - were required to meet new safety requirements in order to continue operating until 2025.

Convention signed on extending lives of Doel units

Nuclear Policies

01 December 2015

Doel 48Engie - parent of Belgium's Electrabel - yesterday signed an agreement with the Belgian government that revises the tax contribution paid by the country's nuclear operators. It also allows for a ten-year life extension for units 1 and 2 of the Doel nuclear power plant.

Belgian regulator approves Doel life extensions

Regulation and Safety

02 October 2015

Doel plant 48Two Belgian reactors will be able to operate until 2025 after the country's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) ruled that the units could safely operate beyond their original 40-year design life.