NRG And Tractebel To Support New NPPs In The Netherlands
On Friday, 17th March, NRG|PALLAS and Tractebel (both ENS Corporate Members) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate to support the new-build of nuclear power plants in the Netherlands.
Bertholt Leeftink, CEO NRG|PALLAS, said
Cooperation is a key element in realising such an ambitious project. Tractebel has an excellent track record in the field of nuclear engineering. Together, with our competences in nuclear consultancy and our experience as a project management organisation, Tractebel and NRG|PALLAS form a complete set of capabilities.
Denis Dumont, Chief Officer Global Nuclear at Tractebel, added
Joining forces with major Dutch nuclear players will give our company the opportunity to contribute further to nuclear new-build initiatives in the country.
The MoU has been signed at the Embassy of Belgium in The Hague, in the presence of the Belgian Ambassador Her Excellency Mrs. Anick van Calster. on the sidelines of the Belgium – Netherlands Nuclear Summit.
Read the full NRG Press Release.
In 2022, the Dutch Government announced its commitment to build new nuclear power plants in the Netherlands, and to extend the operating life of the existing plant in Borssele.
In December 2022, the government also confirmed the selection of the Borssele site as a preferred location for the proposed construction of two new nuclear power reactor units.
The government also confirmed that Borssele has “sufficient space” for new build and houses existing infrastructure, including a radioactive waste repository run by COVRA.
According to the cabinet statement, the units should be deployed by 2035, have each a capacity between 1,000 MW and 1,650 MW, and use a Generation III+ reactor technology. Once operational, the new NPPs can supply 9-13% of the country’s total electricity.