The last short standstill is over: The Emsland nuclear power plant in Lingen is back in operation – but not for long. Preparations for the dismantling are already underway.
The Emsland nuclear power plant in Lingen is back on the grid after the fuel elements have been rearranged. Lower Saxony’s Energy Ministry said on Monday that the work was the last revision and the last short shutdown in a German nuclear power plant. The system is now going into stretching operation, which the Bundestag had decided, with around 25 percent less output.
At the end of April 15, the nuclear power plant will finally be taken off the grid. Preparations for the dismantling are already underway. “After decades of social disputes, the use of nuclear energy is finally coming to an end,” said Lower Saxony’s Energy Minister Christian Meyer (Greens). He emphasized that from his point of view it would not have been necessary to continue operations in Emsland, “especially since we do not have a power shortage in northern Germany and the negative scenarios of the federal government’s stress test have not occurred”.
The Lingen site is now supposed to work with RWE be expanded into a center for the production of green hydrogen from renewable energies.