Karlsruhe. Block 2 of the Philippsburg nuclear power station (KKP 2) is back on the grid as of this morning (Monday, 1st August). The facility was (as announced on July, 28) shut down during the night Friday to Saturday (29/30 July) by the operator, EnBW Kernkraft GmbH. During the standstill, a total of 56 electrical components of a certain assembly were checked. 55 of them were replaced as a precaution in order to be able to examine them more closely. The results of the examination are not yet available.
Due to a fault on similar assemblies, there was no absolute certainty that the replaced assemblies were not also susceptible to defects. The corresponding inspection programme was agreed with the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Transport and was monitored by auditors commissioned by this supervisory authority.
Block 2 of the Philippsburg nuclear power station is a pressurised water reactor with an electrical output of 1468 megawatts. The facility went into operation in 1984 and produced around twelve billion kilowatt hours of electricity in the year 2010.