The Doel 4 reactor has been out of action since early last month after an oil leak. An investigation is currently ongoing into whether the leak was the result of sabotage.
"As things are looking now, the reactor could realistically be reconnected to the supply network towards the end of the year”, Mr De Clercq told the Committee.
The chance of power shortages resulting in power cuts will diminish greatly once the Doel 4 reactor is back in service.
Nevertheless, Mr De Clercq admits that additional problems could arise during repairs to the reactor that would delay its decommissioning.