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"Use of nuclear energy is finally coming to an end": Emsland nuclear power plant back on the grid


In itself it would not be news: After a short revision, the Emsland nuclear power plant is now producing electricity again. What is special: This process will probably never happen again in Germany.

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Still in operation for a good two months: The Emsland nuclear power plant


Sina Schuldt / dpa

The Emsland nuclear power plant in Lingen is back on the grid after the fuel elements have been rearranged.

Lower Saxony's Ministry of Energy announced on Monday that the work was the last revision and the last short shutdown in a German nuclear power plant.

The system is now going into stretching operation, which the Bundestag had decided, with around 25 percent less output.

At the end of April 15, the nuclear power plant will finally be taken off the grid.

Preparations for the dismantling are already underway.

"After decades of social disputes, the use of nuclear energy is finally coming to an end," said Energy Minister Christian Meyer (Greens).

He emphasized that from his point of view it would not have been necessary to continue operation in Emsland, "especially since we do not have a power shortage in northern Germany and the negative scenarios of the federal government's stress test have not occurred".

According to Meyer, the Lingen site is now to be expanded together with RWE into a center for the production of green hydrogen from renewable energies.

"In this way we create energy security and ensure that not so many wind power or biogas plants have to be shut down due to excess electricity in the grid."


Source: spiegel

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