Belgium is bracing for power shortages this winter as the nation grapples with extended outages at its aging fleet of nuclear reactors. The nation has secured extra capacity via a gas-fired power station in Vilvoorde, just outside of Brussels, and by measures including asking gas plants to increase their output to help ease the supply deficit, according to news agency Belga. Neighboring France, Germany and the Netherlands have agreed to send electricity through cross-border cables, according to Energy Minister Marie-Christine Marghem. Belgium’s troubles escalated when Engie SA said on Sept. 21 it would extend outages at its Tihange-2 and 3 reactors until next year, leaving a 2,000-megawatt supply gap this winter. It’s not the first time the country has been close to blackouts. Safety concerns in 2013 and 2014 led to extended reactor halts that lasted 20 months and spanned two winters.
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