Power cuts and candlelight parties? It won’t be for this winter. The Minister for Energy confirms it: Belgium will spend the cold season warm. “There is no risk of a shortage. We don’t have any cuts planned. “This has been confirmed by the experts, therefore those who manage the electricity networks, that for Belgium there is no problem for this winter. Even better, we will be able to help France this winter“, clarifies Tinne Van der Straeten.
For gas first, Europe has managed to drastically reduce its dependence on the Russian supplier. Only 6% of the supply comes from Moscow against 40% before the war. Instead, pipeline trade has intensified with Norway and the UK. Thanks to the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium is also ideally located to receive liquefied natural gas transported by ship.
“We can always cover our own consumption and, in addition, we will be able to help Germany”explains the Minister of Energy.
We can stay optimistic
As regards electricity, for several years Belgian production has remained greater than its consumption. A situation set to continue this winter even in the event of extreme conditions.
“Extreme conditions are the combination of several factors: production capacities that would be in maintenance when it is not planned, extreme cold conditions and little sunshine and wind. In this case , we would have more difficulties. Despite this, we can remain optimistic. There are solutions”, explains Jean Fassiaux, spokesperson for Elia.
Internal solutions, but also in the form of imports and which should not be necessary, while meteorologists predict a milder winter than normal.