Principle agreement on nuclear reactors: Belgium will share in profits

An agreement in principle has been reached between the government and Engie on the extension of the Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear power plants. The aim is to start up both reactors in November 2026. This was announced on Friday by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten. ​

The agreement is a reaction to the shifting geopolitical climate considering the energy supply in Belgium and neighbouring countries. Together both reactors are good for 2 GW of nuclear capacity.

The Belgian state will not become operator of the plants. However, risks and profits will be shared through a new company to be established. Both parties agree on starting the reactors in November 2026 after approval by the safety authorities.

A final agreement should be reached by the end of the year.


© BELGA PHOTO RICARDO SMIT - Aerial view of the Doel nuclear power plant, Doel 1 and 2 in front, Doel 3 and 4 in the back, 2014.


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