Borssele stays open to 2033
7 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — The sole nuclear power station in the Netherlands is to stay operational until 2033.
7 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — The sole nuclear power station in the Netherlands is to stay operational until 2033.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's centre-right coalition had earmarked it for closure in 2013. Ministers have been signalling a desire to backtrack from this commitment in recent months.
Political sources in The Hague says Borssele's reprieve is assured after energy companies Essent and Delta, the plant's main shareholders, agreed to invest EUR 250 million to reduce CO2 emissions from their coal-fired stations.
Last week the Cabinet announced it would investment EUR 250 million in renewal energy. Delta and Essent were told if they dipped into their own wallets, Borssele could stay open.
Keeping the nuclear plant operational spares the government from a EUR 1 billion compensation claim from Borssele's operator EPZ. The company has a licence to operate Borssele for an unlimited period.
Junior coalition party D66 dropped its opposition to keeping Borssele open before the summer recess and it was clear the nuclear plant has the backing of a majority in parliament.
Environment minister Pieter Van Geel calculated that Borssele is positive for the climate and can help the Netherlands meet its international commitments in relation to minimising CO2 emissions.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news