Extension of Belgium's nuclear power plants

19/03/2022
ENGIE has taken note of the Belgian government's decision to evolve its energy policy and extend the lifetime of nuclear power plants until 2035, in light of the current geopolitical situation.

ENGIE will contribute to this thought exercise by co-operating with the government in analysing the feasibility and conditions for implementing the solutions envisaged at this stage.
 
The decision to extend the lifetime of the Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear power plants is subject to major safety, regulatory and implementation requirements - particularly as this extension would start at a time when dismantling activities at the other units have already started. This creates a risk profile that, because of its unanticipated nature and scope, exceeds the regular activities of a private operator. Therefore, the approach taken must allow for a structural balancing of the interests of the parties involved and an appropriate division of risks and opportunities.

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