Nuclear reactor extension negotiations have been delayed, says Engie

Nuclear reactor extension negotiations have been delayed, says Engie
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The energy company Engie has stated that their discussions with the Belgian Government on extending the Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear reactors until 2035 are still ongoing, but have currently been delayed.

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Belgium has reassessed its energy supply to deal with the crisis. The Federal Government agreed in March of this year to prolong both nuclear reactors until 2035, ten years longer than had originally been planned.

Protracted talks followed between the government, Engie, and its Belgian subsidiary Electrabel SA, with an 'agreement in principle' on the future extension being reached in July, which included conditions from the energy supplier, such as the capping of expenses associated with nuclear waste management.

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The aim was for a formal agreement on the extension to be announced in December but negotiations have once again halted.

During the release of their quarterly results, Engie stated that "negotiations have been delayed but are ongoing," before adding that they were working "constructively" to contribute to Belgium's energy supply security.

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