Extension of nuclear power in Belgium: an agreement has been reached

Extension of nuclear power in Belgium: an agreement has been reached

As a reminder, the negotiations were led by the offices of the Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo (Open Vld), and the Minister of Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen).

Three main elements were in the negotiation between Vivaldi and the French group. As a reminder, Vivaldi belatedly asked Engie to extend Doel 4 and Tihange 3 by ten years. The aim is to avoid a shortage of electricity, during the winter of 2026-2027. However, it is not certain that these two reactors will be ready in time to face this winter. Have…

In exchange for the extension of Doel 4 and Tihange 3, Engie requested and obtained the principle of a cap (or “cap”) on the cost of nuclear liabilities. It was still necessary to agree on the amount requested. If it is set too low, the Belgian taxpayer risks paying to dispose of Engie’s waste.

The third element was the sharing of risks and benefits associated with the extension. Vivaldi accepted the principle of creating a joint venture between the State and the Engie group to invest in the extension of Doel 4 and Tihange 3. However, the concrete sharing of responsibilities in this joint venture remained to be organized. .

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