GDF Suez has warned it will shut its two Belgian nuclear plants earlier than planned if a new government imposes a levy on nuclear operators.

Sixteen months after an election, Belgium still has no government. But six parties are attempting to thrash out a coalition deal.

Yesterday, Elio Di Rupo, the Socialist Party chief leading the talks, told a Belgian newspaper that he wanted to charge the nuclear power industry €1bn ($1.37bn) per year.

This has drawn a strong response from Electrabel, the Belgian arm of GDF Suez, which said in a statement today that such a levy would make GDF “obliged to review its policy towards investments, employment, training and patronage, including the life of its nuclear plants … and the significant investments linked to them”.

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