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EnBW willing to decommission two nuclear units in Germany

EnBW aims to accelerate the decommissioning process of the Neckarwestheim (GKN) and Philippsburg (KKP) nuclear power plants.

Built in 1976 and 1981 respectively, blocks GKN 1 and KKP 1 had been set to continue operation until 2017 and 2026. They were switched off in 2011 following the Fukushima events in Japan and they thereby find themselves in so-called post-processing. The decommissioning work is prepared in this phase, which can last several years. Blocks GKN II and KKP 2 will continue generating electricity until 2022 and 2019 respectively.

The company has applied to the Ministry for Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector of Baden-Württemberg for approval to carry out the decommissioning. The issue of applications for the first shutdown and dismantling approvals for GKN I and KKP 1 will take around two years. Parallel to this the necessary administration procedures, such as initial investigations for environmental compatibility reviews, are initiated.

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