August 13, 2022

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Bouchez (MR) thinks it's "reckless" to rule out expanding more nuclear power plants

Bouchez (MR) thinks it’s “reckless” to rule out expanding more nuclear power plants

“The exclusion of an extension of more than two reactors today is negligent.” This is what the head of the ruling party, Mr. George Louis Bushes, said, a day after the agreement within the government to keep two nuclear power plants open for a longer period.

President MR Bouchez has argued in recent weeks and months in favor of keeping the two smallest nuclear power plants open. For a long time, it was the only government partner to do so. The war in Ukraine, and our (simple) dependence on Russian gas, made his colleagues relent.

His talk about nuclear power was strikingly consistent with the rhetoric of the opposition party N-VA. This party also believed that it was futile to shut down the latest nuclear power plants. Some time ago, Chairman Bart de Wever went even further: He argued for keeping more old power plants open.

Now Bush seems to be thinking the same thing. “Excluding the extension of more than two reactors today is indifferent,” he wrote on Twitter.

According to Bouches, there are no guarantees that the necessary gas-fired power plants will be built on time. Moreover, it is believed that gas will be increasingly excluded.

By the way, it is not certain that the newer nuclear reactors will remain open. This requires difficult negotiations with Director Inge first.

To be clear: The Doel 4 and Tihange 3 make up only 3 percent of our total power supply.