By the editor
VFriday morning, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) indicated via his Twitter account that an agreement in principle had been reached between the State and Engie “on the extension of the Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear power plants.”
“The Belgian government takes its responsibilities so that our country can control its energy supply,” he added. For Alexander De Croo, “this agreement is a crucial first step and a sign of major confidence between the two parties”.
It was the unstable geopolitical context, with the war in Ukraine in particular, which prompted the government to take this decision. The objective of this “agreement in principle” is to reach an agreement by the end of 2022 to ensure Belgium has a sufficient stock of electricity.
The Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear reactors should therefore be able to be extended for a period of 10 years, which represents a total capacity of 2 GW.
A press conference will be held at 9.30 a.m. by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen).