Resolutely oppose new gas power plants – Belgium

The President of MR, Georges-Louis Bouchez, rejects the construction of new gas-fired power plants to secure Belgium’s energy supply. “Gas is bad for the planet and increases dependence on Russia,” he told Program Villa Politica (VRT) on the sidelines of the House of Representatives plenary session on Thursday.

The federal government will meet tomorrow/Friday on the nuclear phase-out in order to make the final decision on the country’s energy future. At the end of last year, It seemed obvious that all nuclear power plants would be shut down by the end of 2025, but the war in Ukraine changed that. Groen, the party of Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten, now also seems ready to extend the life of the two oldest nuclear reactors. However, replacement capacities in the form of gas-fired power plants would be required.

For Georges-Louis Bouchez, partner in the Vivaldi coalition, this opening of the Greens does not go far enough. In his eyes, the government needs to see if more nuclear reactors can stay open.

The President of MR also rejects the construction of new gas-fired power plants and refers to a Creg report. This “warns against gas power plants, but would we still build one?” He started. “It seems that the energy secretary spends more time creating problems than looking for solutions to security of supply.”

These statements startled the President of Flemish ecologist Meyrem Almaci, who denounced “the short memory of MR”. “His Prime Minister and his ministers (Charles Michel and Marie Christine Marghem, ed.) have passionately advocated the closure of all nuclear capacities and nine (!) gas-fired power plants. Unfortunately, no scenario was carried out or prepared. This government is cleaning up Groen.”

The federal government will meet tomorrow/Friday on the nuclear phase-out in order to make the final decision on the country’s energy future. At the end of last year it seemed self-evident that all nuclear power plants would close by the end of 2025, but the war in Ukraine changed that. Groen, the party of Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten, now also seems ready to extend the life of the two oldest nuclear reactors. However, replacement capacities in the form of gas-fired power plants would be necessary. Vivaldi coalition partner Georges-Louis Bouchez does not go far enough in opening up the Greens. In his eyes, the government needs to see if more nuclear reactors can stay open. The President of MR also rejects the construction of new gas-fired power plants and refers to a Creg report. This “warns against gas power plants, but would we still build one?” he said. “It seems that the energy minister spends more time creating problems than looking for solutions to security of supply.” These statements startled the president of Flemish ecologist Meyrem Almaci, who denounced “the short memory of MR”. “His Prime Minister and his ministers (Charles Michel and Marie Christine Marghem, ed.) have passionately advocated the closure of all nuclear capacities and nine (!) gas-fired power plants. Unfortunately, no scenario was carried out or prepared by this government cleans up under Groen.”

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