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Belgium government allocates funding for SMR research

Belgium government allocates funding for SMR research

Belgium's SCK-CEN nuclear research centre will receive a budget of EUR100 million (USD107 million) from the federal government to conduct research into small modular reactors.

New Nuclear 24 May 2022


Tractebel to conduct Nuward SMR conceptual design studies

Tractebel to conduct Nuward SMR conceptual design studies

Tractebel is to contribute to the development of France's Nuward small modular reactor project. The Belgian engineering firm will conduct studies for the completion of the conceptual design of "the first SMR in the European Union".

New Nuclear 09 May 2022


IEA highlights concerns over Belgian nuclear phase-out

IEA highlights concerns over Belgian nuclear phase-out

Belgium's planned phase-out of nuclear energy is likely to lead to greater use of gas-fired generation and increased emissions, according to a new policy review by the International Energy Agency.

Nuclear Policies 21 April 2022


Extended operation of two Belgian reactors approved

Extended operation of two Belgian reactors approved

Belgium's federal government has decided to allow Doel 4 and Tihange 3 to continue operating until 2035 in order to allow the country to "strengthen its independence of fossil fuels in turbulent geopolitical times". The coalition government had earlier agreed to phase out the use of nuclear energy by 2025.

Nuclear Policies 21 March 2022


Belgian regulators OK isotope residue facility

Belgian regulators OK isotope residue facility

Belgium's SCK-CEN nuclear research centre has received all the licences needed for the construction and operation of a facility to support the RECUMO project to manage and recycle radioactive residues from the production of medical radioisotopes.

Waste & Recycling 04 March 2022


Belgian regulator says reactors could operate beyond 2025

Belgian regulator says reactors could operate beyond 2025

Belgium's Doel 4 and Tihange 3 could continue operating beyond 2025 provided certain safety upgrades are carried out, Belgium's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control has said. However, it said the government must make a prompt decision on their long-term operation and develop a global approach with all the actors involved.

Regulation & Safety 18 January 2022


Belgian government confirms closure plans, looks to SMRs

Belgian government confirms closure plans, looks to SMRs

Belgium's coalition government today said it has agreed to close its existing nuclear power plants by 2025, although it has left open the possibility to keep two units in operation beyond that if energy supplies cannot otherwise be assured. It will also continue to invest in nuclear technology research, including small modular reactors.

Nuclear Policies 23 December 2021


New Belgian transport vehicle for solid wastes

New Belgian transport vehicle for solid wastes

A unique transport vehicle with integrated packaging for solid medium and high-level waste has been developed by Equans Specialized Nuclear Services on behalf of Ondraf/Niras, the Belgian agency for the management of radioactive waste. The vehicle has undergone testing and is expected to be put into service by the end of this year.

Waste & Recycling 06 October 2021


European and US nuclear companies contribute to space work

European and US nuclear companies contribute to space work

The European Space Agency has awarded a contract to Belgian company Tractebel to evaluate the possibility of producing plutonium-238 for use in space exploration. Separately, US company X-energy, working as part of a General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems team, is to develop key fuel fabrication processes in support of a first-of-a-kind rocket powered by nuclear thermal propulsion under a contract awarded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

New Nuclear 01 September 2021


Belgian nuclear phase out an 'irreversible loss', PM told

Belgian nuclear phase out an 'irreversible loss', PM told

An open letter to the prime minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo, has called for the country's anti-nuclear policies to be re-evaluated and for Belgium's nuclear facilities and skills to be positively applied in an effort to avert climate change. Writing in the major newspaper La Libre, a group of young engineers called Horizon 238 appealed to De Croo: "Our country is about to make a decision that will irreversibly shape its energy landscape for decades to come, and which will undoubtedly become one of the most significant chapters of your government's legacy."

Nuclear Policies 23 August 2021