Once upon a time, there was a company called ENGIE in Belgium...

The roots of ENGIE in Belgium go back more than 200 years to 1819. Through many mergers and acquisitions the company grew and eventually became part of the ENGIE Group. Here are some highlights of our rich history.

1819

The Société Civile Meeûs & Cie obtains an operating concession for a gas-fired power station, the first on the European continent. The gas will be used for the first gas-powered street lighting in Brussels. The director later becomes governor of Société Générale de Belgique, a forerunner of Suez-Tractebel.

1870

The business expands into operating tram and railway networks in Europe and the rest of the world, as well as electricity networks.

1905

On August 8, 1905, the "Société d'Electricité de l'Escaut", Electrabel's legal predecessor, was created.

1918-1940

The demand for electricity is booming. 49 mixed intercommunal companies, including Electrobel, but also Traction and Électricité, contribute to the country's extensive electricity supply. They provided both the distribution and supply of electricity and were managed by electricity companies that would later merge to become Electrabel.

1946

The birth of Fabricom. Initially active in manufacturing, it gradually developed new activities in instrumentation, mechanics, industrial piping and process automation.

1956-1976

49 small Belgian electricity and natural gas companies regroup into 3 larger businesses: Ebes, Intercom and Unerg.

1963

The Compagnie Générale de Chauffe (CGC) is founded. It owns Fabricom, Cie Générale de Chauffe - France and Elf. The CGC is the predecessor of ENGIE Cofely.

1971

In the cooling sector, Fabricom sets up a subsidiary called Fabricom Air Conditioning; this will expand to become ENGIE Axima.

1972

Commissioning of hydroelectric power station at Coo - Trois-Ponts.

1975-1985

The nuclear power plants at Doel and Tihange are put into operation. In 1985, they produce over half of Belgian electricity!

1990

Ebes, Intercom and Unerg become one. Electrabel is born!

1998

SUEZ acquires all of the shares outstanding of the Société Générale de Belgique, the main shareholder of Tractebel, which in its turn owns the majority of shares in Electrabel.

2001

Electrabel inaugurates its first wind farm in Schelle (3 turbines of 1.5 MW).

2003

The Société Générale de Belgique merges with Tractebel to become SUEZ-Tractebel.

2007

Liberalisation of the gas and electricity markets.
SUEZ becomes the sole owner of Electrabel.

2008

Gaz De France and SUEZ merge into GDF SUEZ.

2013

Electrabel CoGreen is created, a cooperative partnership which offers local residents the opportunity to invest in local wind farms.

 

 

 

2015

GDF SUEZ officially becomes ENGIE, a single brand for the majority of the Group’s activities, which aims to become the leader of the carbon neutral transition.

2015

The authorities decide to extend the operation of the nuclear reactors Doel 1 & 2 and Tihange 1 by 10 years. The Long-Term Operation (LTO) action plan for these 3 units represents an investment of 1.3 billion euros.

 

 

2020

All ENGIE service companies in Belgium – ENGIE Axima, ENGIE Cofely and ENGIE Fabricom – merge together into ENGIE Solutions. The aim? To guide our customers more effectively in their carbon neutral transition through an integrated offering.