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Dutch eye nuclear revival to reach climate goals

The Netherlands is considering whether to extend the life of its ageing nuclear plant and even contemplating building new stations

The Dutch government is clearly warming to nuclear energy again after it undertook several initiatives in recent weeks to ensure atomic power can remain one of its low-carbon energy sources. The country’s only nuclear power plant, at Borssele in the southwestern Netherlands, is set to shut down in 2033. The government has now started to assess the legal framework for extending the plant’s lifetime by another 10-20 years, the first step towards keeping it open for longer. The government has also launched an investigation into what investors would require to provide capital for new nuclear plants and what kind of state support they may need, highlighting its willingness to accept constructio



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