Country profile: Netherlands

Summary figures for 2012

The following information is from the NEA publication Nuclear Energy Data, the annual compilation of official statistics and country reports on nuclear energy in OECD member countries.

Country
Number of nuclear power plants connected to the grid
Nuclear electricity generation
(net TWh) 2012
Nuclear percentage of total electricity supply
Netherlands
1
3.9
3.5
 
OECD Europe
133
849.0
24.0
 
Total
331
1 884.0
18.9
 

Country report

In 2012, plans to build a second nuclear power plant in the Netherlands were postponed for an indefinite period due to weak electricity demand. In autumn 2012, the newly elected government did not express strong positive or negative feelings towards nuclear energy.

The Urenco enrichment facility in the Netherlands is in the process of gradually expanding its capacity after a licence was granted in 2011 for 6 200 tonnes SW/year.

In the Netherlands there are no uranium mining activities or fuel fabrication facilities present.

In 2011, a licence was granted to the Borssele nuclear power plant for the use of MOX (mixed-oxide) fuel. It is expected that the first MOX fuel will be loaded into the core in 2014.

In 2013, the Borssele nuclear power plant received a licence for long-term operation to extend its operating life from 2014 to the end of 2033.

In the Netherlands, spent fuel from the Borssele nuclear power plant is sent to La Hague, France for reprocessing. The resulting vitrified waste and metal residues are sent back and stored at the central waste organisation COVRA in Vlissingen, not far from the Borssele nuclear power plant.

Source: Nuclear Energy Data 2013

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Last reviewed: 11 December 2013