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"Belgium on Friday delayed by a decade a plan to scrap nuclear energy in 2025, spooked by the huge rise in energy prices due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

'The federal government has decided to take the necessary steps to extend the life of two nuclear reactors by ten years,' Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said in a statement.

'This extension will strengthen our country’s independence from fossil fuels in a turbulent geopolitical environment,' he added.

The push to 2035 comes as calls are rising that neighbouring Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, should also rethink its nuclear energy exit, but ministers in Berlin last week doubled down on their country’s no atom pledge despite the price shock."

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Joe Deely on Mar 21, 2022

Another title for this article could be:

Belgium will keep 1/3 of it current nuclear fleet active after 2025

I'm kinda surprised that Belgium decided to keep only two of their reactors running past 2025 - Doel 4 and Tihange 3.

In Friday’s plan, which was negotiated during a marathon cabinet session, the government agreed to extend the operating lives of the Doel 4 reactor near the port city of Antwerp and Tihange 3 near Liege until 2035.

In looking at the existing reactor base in Belgium it makes sense to keep these two reactors running as they are the youngest. They both went online in 1985 - so they are 37 years old.

It also makes sense that Belgium would close Doel-1 ,Doel-2 and Thange-1 which are the oldest reactors - 47 and 48 years old.

However, it is surprising that they decided to close Doel-3 and Thange-2 which just turn 40 this year are also being closed. Why not keep those two reactors - an additional 2GW running till 2035 as well?


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