Nuclear extension: an agreement but everything remains to be done

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Half-nationalized reactors, sharing part of the nuclear waste bill… The framework of an agreement in principle for the extension of Doel 4 and Tihange 3 raises more questions than it answers.

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Ljuly 21 was a day of celebration. But for the government, it was still a working day. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo confirmed it: it was until the last minute – a secret “kern” was still organized at the end of the day on Thursday – that the “agreement in principle” with the operator of the nuclear fleet, the French group Engie, for the ten-year extension of the service life of two nuclear reactors has been fine-tuned. “This agreement is a crucial step to guarantee the country’s security of supply in these troubled times,” said Alexander De Croo. Since the decision taken on March 18 within Vivaldi, the Prime Minister and the Federal Minister of Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen), had been mandated to negotiate the principle of this extension with Engie.

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