Belgium delays nuclear phase-out due to war worries – POLITICO

Belgium’s federal government postponed a planned nuclear phase-out on Friday, citing “a chaotic geopolitical environment” as the war in Ukraine disrupts energy markets across the European Union.

The life of a reactor at Doel and Tihange nuclear power plants will be extended by ten years, the government said in a press release. “This extension will strengthen our country’s independence from fossil fuels in a chaotic geopolitical environment,” it said.

Belgium had previously announced that it would phase out nuclear power by 2025.

The government said it will ensure the move “does not crowd out renewable power generation” and that the excess production “could be used to launch the hydrogen market in Belgium”.

The government added it will invest €1.1 billion to “accelerate fossil fuel independence”. Renewable energy would be “accelerated by additional investments in offshore wind power, hydrogen, solar energy and sustainable mobility”.

Belgium also signaled “its interest” in small modular nuclear reactors, saying it will invest €25 million a year in the field over the next four years. Belgium delays nuclear phase-out due to war worries – POLITICO

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