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Electrabel confirms Doel 4 nuclear power plant sabotage

Belgium has been left without half of its nuclear capacity, as GDF Suez subsidiary Electrabel confirmed that its Doel 4 nuclear reactor has been shut down due to sabotage.

FANC continues to look to science for answers to reactor vessel damage

Belgian energy corporation, Electrabel, is examining every available aspect of material science as it seeks to understand the reasons for the corrosion that compromised its reactor pressure vessels at Doel 3 and Tihange nuclear power plants.

Belgium’s fracture-ridden reactor closed until end of 2012

The 1006 MW Doel 3 nuclear reactor operated by GDF Suez unit Electrabel will remain closed until the end of the year, the government has announced.

Engie adjusts profit forecast after Belgian nuclear outages

French power giant Engie has adjusted its profit forecast for this year after taking into account the financial effects of ongoing outages at two Belgian nuclear power plants on a subsidiary company.

Germany compromises on Belgian reactor fears

The German and Belgian governments have reached a compromise on the issue of the safety of nuclear power plants that straddle the country's borders.

Suspicion of component fracture causes Belgian reactor stoppage

Belgium's federal agency of nuclear control, ACFN, has halted one of its seven nuclear reactors until the end of the month after fears that one of the components had cracked.

Study recommends nuclear/ renewables mix for Belgium

A study performed by PwC Enterprise Advisory (PwC) and published by the Belgian Nuclear Forum (BNF) has recommended a mix of renewables and nuclear power as the optimal way Belgium can achieve stable energy prices, guarantee its security of electric supply and meet climate objectives.

Mild weather cited by GDF and RWE for poor performances

Two of Europe's top utilities say that mild weather conditions have played a part in disappointing third quarter results announced this week.

Belgium braces for power cuts

The Belgian government is making contingency plans as the impact of the closure of half its nuclear capacity looks set to see the imposition of planned power cuts this winter.


Emerging Eastern European nations are cutting back on their reliance on thermal power and trying to incorporate a greater share of renewables into their energy mix, according to a new report.