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CD&V wants to keep nuclear power plants open for twenty years

CD&V wants to keep nuclear power plants open for twenty years

CD&V chief Sami Mahdi wants the federal government to aim to extend the life of the Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear power plants by twenty years, instead of the ten years agreed upon within the government.

Keeping these two nuclear plants open for a longer period is an important lever for finding a good deal between all parties. This is good for our residents and for the government, but also for Engy herself, which makes room for negotiation of a larger contribution,” says Mehdi.

Just before the summer holidays, the Vivaldi government, of which CD&V is part, reached a preliminary agreement with Engy on the extension of the two smallest nuclear power plants in our country (Doel 4 and Tihange 3). They will continue to run for an additional ten years from November 2026. Next month, the government hopes to work things out with the operator, in order to reach a full agreement by the end of this year.

The agreement with Engy also includes a request for “appropriate support”

Within the majority, MR wants to go a little further and keep five of the seven power plants open for a longer period, but extending it to twenty years should also be possible for French-speaking liberals. CD&V now also supports the latter proposal. From the opposition, N-VA has been calling for as long as possible to keep as many power plants as possible open.

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In this case, Mahdi says, the government can reduce excess profits for a longer period, which should raise more resources to support families and businesses. ENGIE can allocate the investments needed to enable the extension over the long term. Incidentally, there is also talk of a new partnership with Engy and the government on board, with the aim of this extension. In that sense, such deployment would be a good thing for the government, says Mehdi.

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Al-Mahdi also expressed his satisfaction with the federal government’s decision to address the surplus in profits in the energy sector through a special contribution through the nuclear rate.