Philippsburg. Block 2 of the Philippsburg nuclear power station (KKP 2) will be shut down by the operator, EnBW Kernkraft GmbH (EnKK), during the night of Friday, December 18, to Saturday, December 19. After the shutdown, oil samples from insulation plugs in the machinery transformer area will be taken and analysed. Respective samples were also taken in the summer and they corresponded with the stipulated norms and guide values. The samples that are now being taken, are only to confirm the previous results. This is a sign of the excellent safety culture with which EnBW operates its nuclear power stations: safety always has priority over other aspects.
The supervisory authority, the Ministry of the Environment for Baden-Württemberg, has been informed about the procedure.
Block 2 of the Philippsburg nuclear power station is a pressurised water reactor with an electrical output of 1,458 megawatts. The facility was commissioned in 1984 and produced around 11.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in the year 2008.