Philippsburg. Unit 2 of the Philippsburg power plant (KKP 2) was disconnected from the network last saturday for its annual scheduled inspection. Test and maintenance work, as well as several technical projects and the replacement of fuel rods will be conducted over the coming weeks.
"Along with preparing for the decomissioning of our shutdown single units in Philippsburg and Neckarwestheim, we are also continuing to firmly focus on the safe operation of our dual units at these same locations. As before, the safety of our nuclear power plants takes uppermost priority," explains Jörg Michels, Technical Managing Director of the Philippsburg nuclear power plant. "Consequently, we are continuously investing in the production plants' high technical specification, and are planning an extensive programme for the inspection of KKP 2. In this way, we are not only contributing to the power plant's safety, but also to the reliability of electricity supplies to the federal state of Baden-Württemberg."
Around 1,100 additional specialists are supporting this comprehensive inspection programme
"We have planned a total of around 3,500 individual activities this year," reports Thomas Franke, Director of the Unit 2 plant. "Along with numerous annual routine tasks, we will also carry out some major projects again. This includes inspecting one of the four main coolant pumps and two of the four steam generators. The feedwater tank and the two moisture separator reheaters will be pressure-tested. The pump will be inspected on one of the two feedwater pumps, and the motor will be inspected on another. Inspection and maintenance work will also be conducted on two diesel-powered emergency generators. Moreover, we plan to conduct some replacement and maintenance work on transformers." Around 1,100 additional staff from the manufacturer and specialty companies will support the power plant in performing these tasks.
The inspection work will be conducted under the supervision of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Energy Industry of Baden-Württemberg, and will be accompanied by surveyors from the TÜV inspection group and KeTAG (Nuclear Technology Surveyors Working Group of Baden-Württemberg).
Unit 2 at the Philippsburg nuclear power plant is a pressurised water reactor with electric output of 1,468 megawatts. The plant was commissioned in 1984, and produced around 11 billion kWh of electricity in 2012.
EnBW Kernkraft GmbH (EnKK) operates Unit 2. EnKK stringently prioritises safety in the operation and post-operation, as well as in the decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear power plants in Baden-Württemberg. In Neckarwestheim und Philippsburg, EnKK produces electricity case with one nuclear power plant respectively (GKN II and KKP 2). A further plant that no longer produces electricity is located at each of the sites (GKN I and KKP 1). EnKK is currently preparing the decommissioning of these shutdown plants. At the Obrigheim site, the dismantling of the nuclear power plant located there has already commenced.