Doel Nuclear Power Station

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 3 reactors in production have a total capacity of 1929 MW. Doel 3, with a capacity of 1006 MW, was taken out of service on September 23. The Doel plant accounted for around a quarter of Belgium's total electricity production in 2021.

The power station of Doel: historical

In the late 1960s Belgium chose nuclear power to produce part of its electricity. The ever-increasing demand for energy could no longer be met by fossil fuels alone. Therefore the government decided to build 4 nuclear reactors in Doel and 3 in Tihange.

In 1968, Doel 1 and 2 were ordered. The surroundings of Doel were ideal because of the cooling water which could be extracted from the nearby Scheldt. The works started by creating 80 hectares of reclaimed polder area. The dykes were increased in height to 11 meters above sea level. Construction started in 1969 and in 1970 the first staff were recruited. The Doel 1 reactor was commissioned in early 1975 and later that year Doel 2 also followed. Doel 3 went online in 1982 and in mid 1985 Doel 4 was fully operational.

Doel 1 and 2 are fully owned by Electrabel. Doel 3 and 4 are largely owned by Electrabel (89.8%) and partly by EDF. Electrabel ensures the operation of the power stations to the highest levels of safety.

On September 23, Doel 3 was shut down in accordance with the law on nuclear exit.

Key figures

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4
PWR (pressurized water reactor) type nuclear reactors, 3 of which are in operation and 1 is being decommissioned
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1929MW
total capacity
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25%
of the Belgian energy consumption in 2021
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1000
Electrabel employees and thousands of external employees per year
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80
hectares of land
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14 000
regulated controls and 50 audits per year

Features

  Doel 1 Doel 2 Doel 3 Doel 4
Capacity (MW) 445 445 In decommissioning 1039
In service since 15/02/1975 01/12/1975 01/10/1982 01/07/1985
Planned closure date* 15/02/2025 01/12/2025 01/10/2022** 01/07/2025***
Share of ENGIE Electrabel (%) 100 100 89,81 89,81
Employment More then 1000 Electrabel employees and up to thousands of external employees each year

* In accordance with the 2003 nuclear phase-out law
** Date of operational shutdown 23/09/2022
*** Agreement in principle signed between ENGIE and the Belgian federal government for the extension of Doel 4 and Tihange 3 for 10 years

 

Final shutdown of Doel 3

In accordance with the law on the nuclear phase out, unit 3 of the Doel nuclear power plant was definitively disconnected from the electricity grid on Friday September 23, 2022, after 40 years of operation. Doel 3 is therefore the first Belgian nuclear power plant to definitively stop producing electricity.

Read more: Final shutdown Doel 3

News about Doel

The nuclear power plants of Doel and Tihange attach great importance to the relationship with their surroundings. They have established consultation bodies to communicate with local representatives. Everyone who lives near the nuclear power plants, receives the community magazine Doelbewust / Tihange Contact.

View the news reports about Doel

Condition of the 4 units

Doel 1

In service

Doel 2

In service

Doel 3

out of service

Doel 4

In service

Check the current and future availability of all our units.