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Belgian regulator approves Doel life extensions

Regulation and Safety

02 October 2015

Doel plant 48Two Belgian reactors will be able to operate until 2025 after the country's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) ruled that the units could safely operate beyond their original 40-year design life.

Agreement on extending lives of Doel units

Nuclear Policies

30 July 2015

Doel plant 48An agreement in principle has been reached between Electrabel and the Belgian government on the conditions for a ten-year life extension for units 1 and 2 of the Doel nuclear power plant. The tax to be paid by the country's nuclear operators has also been revised.

Belgian units to remain offline until November


13 May 2015

Doel plant 48Electrabel announced today that it now expects its Doel 3 and Tihange 2 nuclear reactors to remain offline until 1 November as the process to potentially restart the units continues. The utility had previously expected the units to restart on 1 July.

Utility must pay 2013 nuclear tax, Belgian court rules


18 September 2015

Belgium's Constitutional Court has rejected Electrabel's appeal against the legality of the nuclear tax contribution imposed by the government for 2013. The company maintains that the level of tax does not reflect deteriorating market conditions in which it operates.

Tractebel Engineering becomes owner’s engineer for Pallas


13 May 2015

Belgium's Tractebel Engineering has signed a contract to be owner's engineer for the planned Pallas research reactor to be built at Petten in the Netherlands. The facility will replace the existing High Flux Reactor that has been in operation since 1961 and take over its role as a major supplier of the world's medical radioisotopes.

Expert panel discusses Belgian reactor test results

Regulation and Safety

08 May 2015

An international expert panel recently discussed the results of the latest material tests on the reactor pressure vessels of Electrabel's Doel 3 and Tihange 2 power reactors. The panel will soon issue an opinion on the methodology the utility must use in its safety case for restarting the units.