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The use of nuclear energy for electricity production is an important factor for energy provision. Nuclear energy offers a range of advantages: economic, energetic and ecological (limitation of CO2-emissions).
1960s: a suitable answer
Belgium deliberately chose electricity production which is partially reliant on nuclear energy; energy consumption was slowly but surely increasing and fossil fuels could no longer be regarded as the only option for fulfilling energy demands. From 1968 onwards, this policy was expressed in the construction of 4 nuclear power plants in Doel and 3 in Tihange. The vicinity of the River Scheldt and River Maas was ideal for supplying the cooling water required.
1975-1985: oil crisis and commissioning
The commissioning process of the first reactors (Doel 1, Doel 2, and Tihange 1) in 1975 couldn't have happened at a more opportune moment, as it reduced Belgium’s dependence on petroleum.
The construction of Doel 3 and Tihange 2 were completed in 1982 and 1983 respectively. The reactors Doel 4 and Tihange 3 followed shortly thereafter and were connected to the grid in 1985.
2000-2025: questions around the future of nuclear energy in Belgium
The federal parliament in Belgium is examining the country's energy policy. The debates centre around the continued existence or shut-down of the nuclear power plants on Belgian territory. According to current decisions, none of the 7 reactors will continue to operate after 2025.
Worldwide, there are 454 working nuclear reactors, across 30 countries. They take care of 10.5% of global electricity production (source: IAEA).
There are various types of nuclear reactors, including:
A nuclear power plant with pressurised water (PWR), as found in Tihange and Doel, has 3 water circuits which are entirely separated from one another. The function in a nutshell:
Read more about nuclear power plants on the Nuclear Forum website.