A showcase for the Energiewende
The Philippsburg nuclear power plant site (KKP) has become a showcase for the Energiewende. This was plain to see on 14 May when the two cooling towers were demolished. The demolition went according to plan with one tower after the other falling in on itself, initiated by the detonation of several charges in the lower sections of the towers. To avoid spectators gathering to watch the event in light of government regulations with respect to the coronavirus pandemic, we did not reveal the precise date of the explosive demolition in advance. To ensure that as many people as possible could view this visible embodiment of the phasing out of nuclear power, we made a comprehensive range of photos and videos available to the public.
Milestone for supply reliability
We received the second and final approval for the dismantling of Block 1 of the Philippsburg nuclear power plant on 31 July. KKP 1 is thus the fourth of five nuclear power plants in Baden-Württemberg to have all aspects of its dismantling program approved in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Atomic Power Act. TransnetBW is now constructing a direct current substation (also known as a converter) on the former site of the cooling towers. This converter will act as an important hub in the transmission grid for utilizing renewable energies in the south of Germany that will be transferred from the north.
The phasing out of nuclear power continues apace
In December, the waste storage facilities at the Neckarwestheim nuclear power plant were the last facilities to be transferred to the state-owned company responsible for the intermediate storage (BGZ) in accordance with the “German Act on Reorganization of Responsibility for Nuclear Disposal.” The waste storage facilities in Neckarwestheim, Philippsburg and Obrigheim that had already been transferred are all intended for the temporary storage of low and medium-level radioactive waste from the operation and dismantling of the EnBW nuclear power plants.