Belgium has 7 nuclear power plants which together produce half of the country’s electricity consumption, without CO₂ emissions. Electrabel operates these 4 nuclear power plants in Doel and 3 in Tihange to the highest safety standards and in a professional way. Nuclear power is important for Belgium, for supplying electricity 24/7, for helping the country achieve its climate goals, for keeping electricity prices competitive and for providing local employment.
The Doel nuclear power plant is located in the port of Antwerp, on the left bank of the river Scheldt. The site houses 4 reactors of the PWR type. These reactors with pressurized water are among the safest in the world. The 4 reactors have a total power ouput of 2923 MW. The Doel nuclear power plant accounts for about a quarter of the total electricity production in Belgium.
The Tihange nuclear power plant is located in Huy, along the right bank of the Meuse. The site houses 3 pressurized water reactors (PWR). These reactors are among the safest in the world. Together, they have a power output of 3008 MW. The Tihange power station accounts for about a quarter of the total electricity production in Belgium.
Safety is the number one priority in the Belgian nuclear power plants. Find out the many ways in which Electrabel and its partners ensure nuclear safety. The nuclear power plants are also highly secure. You can't just wander in!
That white plume above the cooling tower? That's water vapor. No CO₂ is released during the production of nuclear energy. In this way, nuclear energy contributes to achieving Belgium's climate objectives. Nuclear power production does create radioactive waste, however. Discover how we handle it safely and professionally.
The nuclear power plants and their economic and social role
Did you know that our nuclear power plants produce electricity more than 80% of the time? Such a stable source of energy in the electricity mix leads to a competitive market price. Ultimately our nuclear power plants also ensure employment. Find out everything about the economic and societal role of our nuclear power plants.
Our goal? Continuously improve the performance of the 7 Belgian nuclear power plants and guarantee safety at all times. To do this, we continuously test, carry out maintenance and repair works and plan all kinds of projects. We are happy to share our plans for the future.
Are the nuclear power plants all closing? This is indeed foreseen according to the Royal Decree on the gradual exit from nuclear energy. Whether certain nuclear power plants can remain open after 2025, is ultimately a decision for the government. The planned nuclear exit raises many questions however. We sought an answer from our experts.
Electrabel is the operator of the Belgian nuclear power plants. An important task that we don't carry out on our own. Meet the various players: From the Belgian research centre in Mol to the international regulatory authorities.
Electrabel is the operator of the Belgian nuclear power plants. The corporation is part of the ENGIE Group, which is active worldwide in the energy and services sector. Together we work on the energy transition. Towards a 100% carbon-free world!
The nuclear activities of ENGIE in Belgium are managed by a separate business unit Nuclear, with Thierry Saegeman as Chief Executive Officer. He leads the business unit together with the following Executive Committee.
Looking for news about our nuclear power plants? On this page we collect all news articles.
Tihange 2: FANC publishes new analysis on hydrogen inclusions in the reactor vessel of Tihange 2
The hydrogen flakes in the walls of the reactor vessel of Tihange 2 have not evolved and no new indications have been added. This is the result of a follow-up inspection, which was carried out during the planned overhaul of Tihange 2. The Federal Agency for Nuclear Control has therefore no objection to the restart of the reactor.
New edition of Doelbewust & Tihange Contact
You can read the latest edition of the information magazine Doelbewust and Tihange Contact here.
Environment Statement of 2020 now available
Every year, Doel and Tihange nuclear power stations publish environmental statements describing their environmental impact and the measures taken to assure safety, protect the environment, and guarantee the well-being of their staff.
Corona situation in our nuclear power plants under control through strict prevention measures
Electrabel continues to make every effort to guarantee nuclear safety in Belgian nuclear power plants during the Covid-19 crisis, and to contribute to the security of energy supplies in Belgium with carbon-free electricity. The power plants in Doel and Tihange jointly supply about 50% of Belgium’s electricity needs, allowing hospitals and care institutions to stay open in these exceptional times, even when there is not enough renewable energy available.
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