One of the four reactors at Belgium’s Doel plant is being disconnected “for good” despite the looming energy crisis
One of the reactors at the Doel nuclear plant in Belgium will be shut down on Friday “Give good,” Its operator confirmed. Despite the burgeoning energy crisis, exacerbated by sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict, the Belgian government has decided to proceed with its long-planned denuclearization.
Electrabel Energy Corporation explained in a statement that the Doel 3 reactor would be disconnected under the 2003 law on “Following nuclear power to produce industrial electricity.”
“This means that Doel 3 is Belgium’s first nuclear power plant to stop producing electricity for good,” he said. the company said.
On the reactor’s final day of operation, dozens of people joined a protest against the shutdown of Doel 3. “Why shut down clean nuclear power in an increasingly severe climate and energy crisis?“A banner read.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Belgian electricity operator Elia told AFP that they have “Enough generating capacity to meet demand.”
All seven Belgian reactors, split between the Doel and Tihange nuclear power plants, which meet about half of the country’s electricity needs, will close by 2025.
Fears of a difficult winter, however, prompted a reconsideration of those plans. In March, the government decided to extend the operation of Doel 4 and Tihange 3 by 10 years. Earlier this month, the coalition government resumed heated debates about postponing the closure of nuclear plants.
In addition to problems related to Ukraine, Belgium could face a drop in electricity supply from neighboring France. France, which relies on nuclear energy more than any other European country, has now had more than half of its 56 nuclear reactors shut down for maintenance. On Thursday, President Emmanuel Macron said that France would have to import electricity this winter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously likened the EU’s efforts to cut off Russia’s fossil fuels to economic activity. “Suicide.”
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