The energy regulator Creg says the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of the Belgian nuclear plants is blocking further investment in power plants, De Standaard reported on Wednesday.
A new report by Creg says the market remains frozen due to the ongoing discussions about prolonging nuclear plants Doel 1 and 2. It has also not yet been decided whether to restart Doel 3 and Tihange 2, which have both been at a standstill for over a year after micro-cracks were discovered.
If Doel 3 and Tihange 2 are started up again later this year, there will be very little space for new investments. Also, investors do not believe that the government will be able to create a situation where all the plants can be closed before 2025.
Creg has asked for “the uncertainty to be dealt with as soon as possible, to encourage investment”.