Tihange 2 nuclear power plant to definitely shut down on 31 January

Tihange 2 nuclear power plant to definitely shut down on 31 January
Tihange 2. Credit: Belga

The Tihange 2 nuclear reactor will still produce electricity until the end of January, before it will be permanently disconnected from the grid, operator Engie Electrabel confirmed.

On 23 September, the Doel 3 nuclear reactor was definitively shut down – a few days before the legal closing date of 1 October because the reactor's fuel cycle had come to an end.

After Doel 3, it will be Tihange 2's turn to be permanently disconnected in 2023. The legal closing date is 1 February, and the reactor will not be disconnected until midnight on 31 January – meaning it will produce electricity until the very end of the legal term.

The nuclear power plant still has enough fuel to continue operating until then, but it will no longer run on full power.

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After Tihange 2 has officially closed down in February, Belgium will still have five nuclear power plants, which are set to close in 2025.

However, the Federal Government is currently negotiating with operator Engie over extending the Doel 4 and Tihange 3 reactors for another ten years, but the negotiations are not going smoothly and Engie previously confirmed that they have been "delayed."


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