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First Belgian power reactor shut down

First Belgian power reactor shut down

Unit 3 of the Doel nuclear power plant was disconnected from the grid at 9.31pm on 23 September, in accordance with Belgium's legislation on the gradual phase-out of nuclear energy. Doel 3 is the first of seven Belgian reactors to be taken out of service over the coming years.

Corporate 27 September 2022


Agreement on operation of Belgian reactors expected by year-end

Agreement on operation of Belgian reactors expected by year-end

The Belgian government and Electrabel have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent on continuing negotiations on the feasibility and terms for the operation of Doel 4 and Tihange 3 for a further ten years. The two sides aim to agree a binding legal agreement by the end of December.

Nuclear Policies 22 July 2022


Belgium asks Engie to extend Tihange 2's life

Belgium asks Engie to extend Tihange 2's life

The Belgian government has asked energy company Engie to see if it can extend the operating life of Tihange unit 2 until the end of the winter peak electricity season - but the company says it is not possible to do so at such short notice.

Regulation & Safety 18 July 2022


BNS questions limit to extended operation of Belgian units

BNS questions limit to extended operation of Belgian units

In a recent position paper, the Belgian Nuclear Society welcomed the political decision to keep two reactors - Doel 4 and Tihange 3 - in operation beyond 2025 because of security of electricity supply concerns. However, it questions why the operation of the units has been limited to just ten years.

Nuclear Policies 22 June 2022


Belgium government allocates funding for SMR research

Belgium government allocates funding for SMR research

Belgium's SCK-CEN nuclear research centre will receive a budget of EUR100 million (USD107 million) from the federal government to conduct research into small modular reactors.

New Nuclear 24 May 2022


Tractebel to conduct Nuward SMR conceptual design studies

Tractebel to conduct Nuward SMR conceptual design studies

Tractebel is to contribute to the development of France's Nuward small modular reactor project. The Belgian engineering firm will conduct studies for the completion of the conceptual design of "the first SMR in the European Union".

New Nuclear 09 May 2022


IEA highlights concerns over Belgian nuclear phase-out

IEA highlights concerns over Belgian nuclear phase-out

Belgium's planned phase-out of nuclear energy is likely to lead to greater use of gas-fired generation and increased emissions, according to a new policy review by the International Energy Agency.

Nuclear Policies 21 April 2022


Extended operation of two Belgian reactors approved

Extended operation of two Belgian reactors approved

Belgium's federal government has decided to allow Doel 4 and Tihange 3 to continue operating until 2035 in order to allow the country to "strengthen its independence of fossil fuels in turbulent geopolitical times". The coalition government had earlier agreed to phase out the use of nuclear energy by 2025.

Nuclear Policies 21 March 2022


Belgian regulators OK isotope residue facility

Belgian regulators OK isotope residue facility

Belgium's SCK-CEN nuclear research centre has received all the licences needed for the construction and operation of a facility to support the RECUMO project to manage and recycle radioactive residues from the production of medical radioisotopes.

Waste & Recycling 04 March 2022


Belgian regulator says reactors could operate beyond 2025

Belgian regulator says reactors could operate beyond 2025

Belgium's Doel 4 and Tihange 3 could continue operating beyond 2025 provided certain safety upgrades are carried out, Belgium's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control has said. However, it said the government must make a prompt decision on their long-term operation and develop a global approach with all the actors involved.

Regulation & Safety 18 January 2022