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    Germany to extend operation of two nuclear power plants


    September 28, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Scheduled to shut down at the end of the year, two of the three remaining plants in the country will remain in operation until at least April 2023. The reason is the energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine.Germany's Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Tuesday (Sep 27) that the country will keep two of its three remaining nuclear plants in operation until at least April 2023.

      Habeck said that the nuclear plants located in the south of the country, Isar 2 in Bavaria and Neckarwestheim in Baden-Württemberg, will continue operating in the first quarter of next year. The argument is that the operation of at least two of the three nuclear power plants is necessary due to the demand for energy in winter.

      The reason for this is the war in Ukraine, which has led to a political crisis and, consequently, a reduction in gas supplies from Russia to Germany.

      "The operators will now make all necessary preparations for the nuclear power plants in southern Germany to produce electricity in the winter, naturally in compliance with safety regulations," Habeck said.

      The third nuclear power plant still active, in Emsland in Lower Saxony, is not expected to be part of this emergency reserve and should be decommissioned by the end of the year. In the first quarter of the year the three plants together accounted for 6 percent of the country's electricity generation, while gas accounted for 13 percent.

      Earlier this month, authorities in Germany had said they would stick to their plans to shut down the three remaining nuclear plants by the end of December, but could reactivate them in the event of a severe power crisis.

      Germany has decommissioned three nuclear power plants by the end of 2021. In 2011, the German government announced the phasing out of nuclear power in the country following the devastating reactor accident in Fukushima, Japan.

      Berlin, which relied heavily on Russian natural gas until the war in Ukraine, has been looking for alternative energy sources.

      The energy problems of Germany and the European Union have gained international attention because Russia used to supply up to 40 percent of gas to the EU before the invasion of Ukraine, an essential fuel for winter heating.

      Gas prices in Europe have more than doubled since the beginning of the year, due to the fall in Russian supply in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the West on Moscow. However, Habeck expressed confidence a few days ago that Germany would get through the winter "comfortably" if everything worked out as planned.

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