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The Netherlands plans to build two new nuclear reactors by 2035

The government of the Netherlands has announced that it is planning to build two new nuclear power plants in Borssele (southern Netherlands) by 2035. Construction is expected to start in 2028. The third-generation nuclear reactors will each have a capacity ranging between 1,000 MW and 1,650 MW and will generate around 24 TWh/year, i.e., between 9% and 13% of the country’s total expected power generation for 2035.

In December 2021, the Dutch government allocated €5bn for building new nuclear power plants, out of a total fund of €35bn dedicated to funding the energy transition in the coming decade.

In addition, the Netherlands has announced it seeks to extend the lifetime of the already existing 482 MW Borssele nuclear plant beyond 2033, the year it is supposed to be decommissioned. The plant, operated by Elektriciteits Produktiemaatschappij Zuid-Nederland (EPZ), was inaugurated in 1973 and currently produces around 3.8 TWh/year.

At the end of 2021, Borssele was the Netherlands only nuclear plant and represented just above 1% of the country’s installed capacity and 3% of its power generation. The Netherlands plans to reach net-zero emissions in the power generation sector by 2040.

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