Germany shuttered three nuclear reactors on December 31, closing down a combined 4254 MWe of capacity, leaving the country with three remaining nuclear plants, a move that challenges the country’s commitment to climate control goals in the name of national safety.
Germany has gone back and forth on initiatives to close down its nuclear power industry with the final blow struck after the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan, which suffered a three-reactor meltdown after an earthquake-triggered tsunami knocked out the plant’s back up power system.
Germany closed the Brokdorf plant in the Schleswig-Holstein state in northern Germany, a 1480MWe capacity pressurized water reactor, Grohnde, a 1430MWe capacity PWR in Lower Saxony and Grundremmingen C, a 1344MWe capacity boiling water reactor in Bavaria.
The three reactors each started operations in the 1980s, according to Nuclear Engineering International.
The closures leave Germany with three operating plants: Emsland in Lower Saxony, a 1406MWe PWR, Isar in Bavaria, a 1485MWe capacity PWR and Neckarwestheim 2 in Baden-Wurtemberg, a 1400MWe capacity PWR.
Germany’s Federal Environment & Nuclear Safety Minister Steffi Lemke said the closures would make Germany a safer place. Others pointed out that energy prices were already rising and the closures were certain to push prices even higher.
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Very bad bad decision
Safer when compared to what? Do they lack confidence in their ability to operate the plants safely? Good luck with your future reliance on natural gas from Russia. David Krause USA