Are the Belgian nuclear power plants doing better in terms of availability than in other countries?

Since 2000 the Belgian nuclear power stations have produced electricity on average 80 % of the time. This is in line with the international average (over the period 2000 to 2018) of 78.9 %.

From 2012 onwards, the availability of our power stations dropped on the one hand, due to preventive shutdown in order to guarantee nuclear safety (hydrogen flakes, the restoration of concrete degradation in a few areas), and on the other hand, for the works with a view to the operating extension of Doel 1, Doel 2 and Tihange 1. These investments and works took place in many phases, and ensured that the power stations were further reinforced. 

The annual maintenance shutdowns will therefore be significantly shorter in the coming years, which will allow the Belgian nuclear power stations to return to high availability figures.

Since 2000 the Belgian nuclear power stations have produced electricity on average 80 % of the time.

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