Although nuclear power production in Belgium is due to end in 2025 FANC’s Cédric van Caloen says “We want to proactively prepare for all possible scenarios. We respect the political decision to abandon nuclear energy. However, if the Federal Government were to decide to keep the nuclear power station open beyond 2025 we as a nuclear watchdog need to be prepared”.
Mr van Caloen added that “We are looking at every reactor to see which extra safety requirements will be necessary to allow them to remain open for longer”.
"This are safety requirements related to external events such as earthquakes or planes crashing into the reactor”.
FANC is keen to stress its independence. “There has been no request from politicians to prepare and eventual postponement. This is simply a proactive exercise”.