Electricity producer Engie Electrabel is guaranteeing extra capacity, mainly by using extra capacity at gas-fuelled power stations. Ms Marghem says the news is a first step, but will not be sufficient.
Engie Electrabel is enlisting the help of the Bulgarian-owned gas-fuelled plant in Vilvoorde to generate an extra 250 Megawatts. If need be an extra 100 Megawatts can be generated here to. Support units should provide a further 200 Megawatts, while the generation of a further 200 Megawatts is being examined.
The energy minister has been in contact with Dutch, French and German colleagues. Belgium already imports a lot of foreign power, but Germany could be useful additional source.
VRT understands that the shortfall this winter could total up to 1,700 Megawatts a day. Even with the extra 750 Megawatts now found there remains a massive shortfall of nearly 1,000 Megawatts, the production of one large nuclear reactor.