Restart of Doel 4 two days ahead of schedule
The gradual reconnection to the grid of the Belgian nuclear reactors continues. After the AFCN – Belgium's federal agency for nuclear control – gave the green light to restart the Doel 4 reactor, Electrabel immediately launched the restart operations. The unit will be brought back online in the evening of Thursday 13 December, which is two days ahead of schedule. With a capacity of 1,000 MW, Doel 4 will be at full power by the weekend. With the scheduled restart of Doel 4, a total of three reactors – Doel 3, Tihange 1 and Doel 4 – will produce local and decarbonized electricity and help secure Belgium’s electricity supply.
To help secure Belgium's electricity supply and meet the obligations it has towards its two million customers, Electrabel has been taking exceptional measures since September to mobilize more than 1,200 MW of additional local capacity. These measures are:
- Restarting Vilvoorde’s gas power station, which was out of commission since 2014, following an agreement with the owner EMGB (an additional 255 MW)
- Optimizing the efficiency of thermal power plants (an additional 100 MW)
- Installing additional mobile units at Electrabel’s production sites (which currently account for almost 420 MW)
- Managing the energy demand of its industrial clients (an additional 500 MW)
The ENGIE Group’s thermal and hydraulic power stations in France, the Netherlands and Germany are also available.
Electrabel points out that the restart date of a nuclear reactor is always a best estimate.