“I am not pro-nuclear, atomic energy above all. I believe in an energy mix”, says Philippe Van Troeye, General Director of Electrabel. He spoke during an interview due to appear in Le Soir magazine on Wednesday. “I believe in an energy mix”, says the Electrabel boss. “If other solutions can supply citizens and businesses with energy at competitive prices, and with less residual risk than nuclear, I am all in favour. Electrabel wants to be a major player in this energy transition”, he says. He added he is fighting the “purely nuclear” label given to his company. “Electrabel is the biggest investor in green energy in Belgium”, says Mr Van Troeye. The electricity operator boss also reminded people that it’s not for him to decide: “I don’t get involved in the country’s energy policy. That’s up to our politicians”.
“Lest stop scaring people!” says Philippe Van Troeye, when talking about the micro-cracks found around the Doel 3 and Tihange 2 reactors. “There is no danger to anybody: these plants are not running, they were stopped months ago”, he added. “If we have even the slightest doubt, they won’t run. We will do all the necessary tests, and wait for the green light from the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC).”