The total electricity consumption in Belgium went up slightly in January 2015. It increased by 1.1% compared to the same month the year before. This increase concerned industrial clients and the residential and services sector, as well as small and average-sized businesses. This is according to figures from Synergrid which were released on Friday. Synergrid is the Belgian Federation of Electricity and Gas network managers. The restart of Doel 4, on the 19th of December, made a difference to the electricity exchanges with other countries: the net sum imported in January was 1,470 GWh, which is the lowest level since August 2014. That’s the month the nuclear reactor became unavailable.
Compared to January 2014, the net sum imported in the first month of 2015 has practically doubled, and is still 19.4% of the total electricity consumption for that month. “It should still be noted that at the start of 2014, contrary to this year, Belgium’s nuclear production network was at total capacity. Doels 3 and 4 and Thiange 2 stopped in March 2014”, said Synergrid.
The total consumption of natural gas in Belgium has gone up to 22.7 TWh, a level not seen since the start of 2013. That’s an increase of 19.9% compared to January 2014. This increase has been recorded in all three sectors of the market, but was most obvious in the electricity plants powered by natural gas.