Production at the three reactors had hitherto been scheduled to be suspended in the second half of 2019 to allow for maintenance work needed to keep them in activity through to 2025.
According to the official calendar, the maintenance work should have ended on 28 November 2019 for Tihange, 20 December 2019 for Doel 2 and 27 December 2019 for Doel 1.
Electrabel’s letter now casts doubt on the feasibility of the original timelines.
Minister Marghem could constitute a strategic reserve to offset the potential energy shortfall. However, Le Soir learned that she has just decided not to contract any reserve for winter 2019-2020. The reserve can be reviewed up to September.