Concerns remain in Seneffe regarding the installation of the TotalEnergies battery park: “There are risks of explosion”

Concerns remain in Seneffe regarding the installation of the TotalEnergies battery park: “There are risks of explosion”
Concerns remain in Seneffe regarding the installation of the TotalEnergies battery park: “There are risks of explosion”

Clearly, the future arrival of the Google Data Center and the recent announcement of the installation of a second Belgian battery park by TotalEnergies in the Ecaussinnes-Feluy area is causing a stir. For councilor Eric Jenet, the link between these two announcements and that of the modification of the route of the Hainaut loop are linked. “TotalEnergies intends to position itself even further on the electrical energy distribution scene with this fleet of 40 batteries.”, indicated the councilor during the municipal council meeting on Tuesday. “These storage sites are also described as having a key role in the management of the electricity network, particularly network congestion problems but also the development of renewable energies. A link between these companies and the Boucle du Hainaut seems obvious…

On the community side, this does not seem to be the case. “During a recent meeting, a question was asked to the promoter of the Google site who assured us that no link existed between the change of route and the installation on the Ecaussinnes-Feluy zoning.”, explains Michel Scheys, alderman for the Environment.

Environmental issues

But for the related advisor Engagés, another problem remains. “Beyond this consideration, the environmental issue regarding the installation of this park made up of 40 Lithium-Ion containers poses a concern. If we know that the ecological impact of this type of battery is mainly at the level of the extraction of the components, recycling can also prove problematic and the risk of explosion should not be neglected with consequences which can be significant given the difficulty of controlling the fires which ensue, especially with such proximity to areas in which petroleum products are stored.”

Here too, the municipal authorities kick in: “It is the technical officials and delegates of the Region who are competent in this matter, not the municipality. In addition, both the Hainaut Center emergency zone and the RAM (Major Accident Risks) unit have given a favorable opinion to the new TotalEnergies installation. They have more skills than us in relation to the risks of this type of installation…”, concludes Michel Scheys.

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