Belgium

Belgian radioactive leak worse than initially thought

Friday, August 29, 2008

BRUSSELS (AFP) — Fresh tests carried out near a Belgian medical laboratory showed that a leak of radioactive iodine last weekend was worse than had initially been thought, authorities said late Thursday.

Samples of grass taken next to the National Institute for Radioactive Elements near the southern city of Charleroi had shown higher levels of radioactive iodine than the first tests, an interior ministry crisis group said here.

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Britain holds £160bn stockpile of nuclear fuel

Monday, August 18, 2008

Britain has a stockpile of plutonium and uranium that, if converted to fuel, could be worth nearly £160 billion and power three nuclear reactors for 60 years, scientists say.

The future of the stockpile - largely left over from burning fuel - will be decided by ministers over the next year, The Times has learnt. Its value is estimated as the equivalent of 2.6 billion barrels of oil.

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Centrica takes control of Belgium’s SPE

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Centrica on Wednesday fulfilled its long-standing vow to take control of Belgian power company SPE, frustrating Gaz de France’s plans to sell its stake to EDF.

The UK energy group exercised a pre-emption right over GDF’s 25.5 per cent stake in SPE for €515m (£407m) in cash, with another €105m later. The deal is expected to be completed in September.

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Greenpeace in Belgium fined

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Belgian section of the environmental organisation Greenpeace has been fined following a protest at Doel power station

The Belgian section of the environmental organisation Greenpeace has been fined following a protest at Doel power station in East Flanders.

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SPE buys Belgian nuclear capacity from Electrabel

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

BRUSSELS, March 12 (Reuters) - Belgian electricity company SPE said on Wednesday it had bought 635 megawatts of nuclear energy capacity from Suez's Electrabel, boosting its share of Belgium's nuclear market to some 15 percent.

SPE, partly owned by Gaz de France and Britain's Centrica, said it was a three-part deal.

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Un superministère «vert»

Thursday, October 25, 2007

CHRISTOPHE SCHOUNE

mercredi 24 octobre 2007, 13:15
136 jours sans gouvernement. Un accord est quasi ficelé sur le développement durable. Le nucléaire prolongé, l'Orange bleue s'engagerait ensuite dans un plan alternatif aux énergies fossiles.

Cela semble acquis : la possible coalition Orange bleue optera pour un superministère du Développement durable. Regroupant les matières énergétiques, environnementales et de transports, ce ministère vert serait la pierre angulaire des politiques de lutte contre le réchauffement climatique.

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Belgische jacht op nucleair afval in buitenland

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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(Belga) De jongste maanden is de buitenlandse markt intensief afgespeurd in een zoektocht naar laag radioactief materiaal dat verbrand zou kunnen worden in de verbrandingsoven van Belgoprocess in Dessel.

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Delta bouwt centrales over de grens

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

PZC, 5 oktober 2007

Energiebedrijf Delta wil in België centrales bouwen. De ruimte in het Sloe wil het benutten voor een tweede kerncentrale. "Met de Sloecentrale zijn we er niet."
De palen voor de Sloecentrale zijn koud de grond in of Delta kijkt al weer verder. "We moeten wel, om de concurrentie het hoofd te bieden." Voor de duidelijkheid trekt Dick van der Klaauw, directeur energie, een vergelijking met koeriersbedrijven. "Wij zijn een koerier met vier auto's en concurreren met bedrijven met drieduizend wagens. Valt er bij ons een auto uit, dan merken we dat direct."

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Negotiators for next Belgian government agree to extend lifetime of several nuclear plants

Monday, September 3, 2007

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Negotiators trying to form a coalition government agreed Thursday extend the lives of some of Belgium's seven nuclear power reactors, citing uncertain future energy supplies.

The outgoing government of Liberals and Socialists agreed in 2003 to close all nuclear plants between 2014 and 2025.

But negotiators working to create Christian Democratic-Liberal government said they would back off that pledge.

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Anomalie classée au niveau 1 de l’échelle INES

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Pressrelease: Le 19 avril dernier, lors de l’essai d’un filtre installé sur les équipements de ventilation d’une partie des locaux nucléaires de la centrale de Tihange 2, une manoeuvre erronée a occasionné un rejet gazeux à l’atmosphère. En effet, un échantillon de test d’iode 131 a été injecté au-delà du filtre qu’il devait vérifier. L’iode s’est ainsi retrouvé à l’atmosphère via la gaine de ventilation. La quantité prédéterminée contenue dans l’échantillon correspond à moins de 1% de la limite légale autorisée sur un trimestre.

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