Security of supply was always the ultimate argument of the government to keep the oldest nuclear reactors open longer. According to the law on the nuclear trip (2003), the Tihange 1, Doel 1 and Doel 2 reactors had to close permanently in 2015. At first the Di Rupo government thought it necessary to keep Tihange 1 open for ten years, then the Michel government decided to also extend the life of the two oldest units of Doel. The ultimate argument of both governments was that otherwise security of supply would be jeopardized. We and other experts warned then that outdated nuclear reactors would be shut down more often and especially longer, and would thus endanger our electricity supply. Today the facts are right to us. For the first 20 years, the nuclear reactors typically ran 90% of the time. In 2015 this was only 48%, and in the two subsequent years 80% each time. On average, the Belgian core park was therefore available for 69% of the time since 2015.
Greenpeace Belgium 8th Feb 2018 read more »