The Tihange nuclear power station

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.

The power station of Tihange: historical

In the late 1960s Belgium chose nuclear power to produce part of its electricity. Electricity consumption was rapidly growing and fossil fuels were no longer able to meet the rising demand. Therefore the government decided to build 4 nuclear reactors in Doel and 3 in Tihange.

In 1968, Tihange 1 was ordered. The power station was commissioned in 1975, just in time to reduce Belgium’s dependence on oil. Tihange 2 went online in mid 1983 and Tihange 3 followed in 1985.

Tihange 1 is owned 50/50 by EDF and Electrabel. This cooperation between France and Belgium started with the construction of the Chooz nuclear power plant in France. Tihange 2 and 3 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.

The power station is located on the right bank of the river Meuse, near Huy and 25 km south-west of Liège. The location meets all safety requirements. Prior to construction, numerous detailed studies were carried out as to the quality and stability of the soil, the availability of water from the Meuse, local weather conditions and the natural and human environment.

Key figures

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74
hectares of land
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3008MW
total capacity
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1000
Electrabel employees
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3
Nuclear reactors of PWR type (Pressurized Water Reactor)
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25%
of the Belgian energy consumption of 21 billion kWh electricity production per year
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100miljoen €
annual investment in Tihange

Characteristics

  Tihange 1 Tihange 2 Tihange 3
Capacity (MW) 962 1008 1038
In service since 01/10/1975 01/06/1983 01/09/1985
Planned closure date 01/10/2025 01/02/2023 01/09/2025
Share of ENGIE Electrabel (%) 50 89,81 89,81
Employment More then 1000 Electrabel employees and up to thousands of external employees each year

News about Tihange

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

View the news reports about Tihange

Condition of the 3 units

Tihange 1

In service

Tihange 2

In service

Tihange 3

In service

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