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Energy company Engie does not see how the lifespan of the Tihange 1 nuclear reactor can be extended. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) reopened the debate on this.
Alexander De Croo proposed to consider running the Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear reactors for another 20 years instead of 10 years. The government is now finalizing an agreement with Engie on an extension until 2035. Engie remains undecided about a possible further extension. “We’ll see what happens next,” he said.
But the Prime Minister also mentioned Tihange 1. That reactor will be 50 years old in 2025 and then it will normally stop producing. De Croo stated that a new lifespan extension could be on the agenda.
But Engie doesn’t see how that would be possible. “Current nuclear regulations do not allow the Doel 1 and 2 and Tihange 1 units to meet the applicable requirements in a cost-effective manner and within a reasonable time frame,” the company said.