* Belgian PM says GDF Suez has signed deal for 2010-2014
* Additional agreement for 2015-2025 secured
* No agreement on 500 mln euro charge for 2009
(Adds confirmation from Belgian PM)
BRUSSELS, Oct 22 France's GDF Suez GSZ.PA has
agreed to pay Belgium over the next five years to operate
nuclear power plants there, but has not yet committed to provide
a disputed 500 million euros ($747 million) for 2009.
A protocol agreement has been signed between the Belgian
state and GDF Suez on an annual contribution of 215-245 million
euros for 2010-2014, Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy
told the Belgian parliament on Thursday.
Under a mechanism for 2015-2025, "contributions will be
determined on an annual basis", he said.
The agreements have been signed by Belgian Energy Minister
Paul Magnette and Van Rompuy, as well as GDF Suez Chief
Executive Gerard Mestrallet and Electrabel Chief Executive
Belgium had proposed to charge GDF Suez, whose Electrabel
unit dominates the country's electricity market, for extending
the lifetime of Belgium's three oldest nuclear reactors by 10
years but had not yet obtained guarantees from the firm.
Belgium has also charged nuclear producers a total of 250
million euros for 2008 and the same for 2009, as well as 250
million euros this year payable to a renewable energy fund.
These fees remain in dispute.
The producers are challenging the 2008 payment in Belgium's
A spokesman for Van Rompuy said the government would pass a
law to enforce the 500 million euro charge for this year, adding
that this could also be contested by GDF Suez.
Belgium's two nuclear sites are operated by Electrabel. Its
rival SPE, in which EDF (EDF.PA) plans to buy Centrica's (CNA.L)
51 percent stake, has drawing rights on some 7 percent of
Nuclear power accounts for about 55 percent of electricity
consumed in Belgium.
(Reporting by Antonia van de Velde and Philip Blenkinsop;
editing by Dale Hudson)