Germany has decided to phase out nuclear technology. Our subsidiary EnBW Kernkraft GmbH (EnKK) is responsible for the post-operation as well as the decommissioning and dismantling of our five nuclear power plants. All of our plants no longer generate electricity and are currently being dismantled: Obrigheim since 2008, Neckarwestheim I and Philippsburg 1 since 2017, Philippsburg 2 since 2020 and Neckarwestheim II since 2023.
Just like before during power generation, safety has top priority during post-operation, decommissioning and dismantling of our nuclear power plants. Throughout the whole planning and realisation of the dismantling process, EnBW takes particular account of the requirements of nuclear safety, radiation and fire protection, occupational health and safety as well as environmental protection. All dismantling steps are monitored by the state supervisory authority (Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment) and by its independent experts – as was already practised during the electricity production of the plants.
In 2012 EnBW established an extensive and all-encompassing strategy for dismantling its nuclear power plants and created a corresponding master plan, which has been consistently implemented in the intervening years. Consequently, EnBW became the first operator in Germany to obtain all necessary licenses for the dismantling of its nuclear power plants. EnBW is also unique among German operators in having obtained dismantling licenses for two plants prior to their final shutdown – Philippsburg 2 and Neckarwestheim II. On the basis of the dismantling licenses, EnBW has made significant progress in recent years in dismantling its nuclear power plants.