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Lower Saxony’s Ministry for the Environment, Energy & Climate has granted approval to PreussenElektra to begin dismantling the 1360 MWe pressurised water reactor at Grohnde NPP (KWG) in Germany, which was closed down in December 2021. “We are implementing the nuclear phase-out decided 12 years ago and ensuring maximum safety for dismantling,” said Environment Minister Christian Meyer.

Date: Friday, 15 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsapproval-granted-for-decommissioning-of-grohnde-11372888

Germany’s Grafenrheinfeld NPP (KKG - Kernkraftwerk Grafenrheinfeld) has completed cleaning and emptying work on the fuel assembly basin achieving a dismantling milestone known as “water free,” owner/operator PreussenElektra announced. This means that the essential water-bearing systems, mainly the reactor and fuel storage pool, have been emptied and the water has been treated and released.

Date: Thursday, 31 August 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdismantling-progress-at-grafenrheinfeld-npp-11109319

The Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) has released a report recommending that South Korea and the US should strengthen cooperation in the nuclear power export market, which is currently dominated by Russia and China. This should include building a supply chain together.

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfederation-of-korean-industries-calls-for-korea-us-smr-alliance-10842422

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment has granted utility EnBW Kernkraft GmbH approval to decommission and dismantle unit 2 of its Neckarwestheim NPP. The plant is due to shut down later this month. The 1400 MWe Neckarwestheim 2 pressurised water reactor began operating in 1989. It generated more than 11 TWh of electricity in 2022.

Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdecommissioning-progresses-in-germany-10747989

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has ordered the country's three remaining nuclear power stations to continue operating until mid-April. Scholz’s order ends weeks of dispute within his governing coalition. The head of the liberal Free Democratic Party coalition partner, Christian Lindner, was pressing to keep all three plants running until at least 2024, while the Green Party led by Economy Minister Robert Habeck insisted on closing them as scheduled at the end of 2022. The Greens wanted only two plants to be kept on standby, to be used if needed in face of the energy crisis sparked by European sanctions on Russian energy. The liberal Free Democratic Party, on the other hand, had been pushing to keep all three reactors active until 2024.

Date: Friday, 21 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgermany-extends-nuclear-power-use-until-april-10102309

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz - BMWK) has announced that it will extend the possible operation of two of its three remaining nuclear power plants until mid-April 2023 to provide an "emergency reserve" this winter in face of the current energy crisis resulting from sanctions on Russian oil and gas. The plants are scheduled for closure in December in line with Germany’s nuclear phase-out plan.

Date: Friday, 09 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstemporary-reprieve-for-two-german-npps-9988470

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