The operator of the German nuclear power plant Isar 2 has informed the government of a leak at the site, the Environment Ministry announced on Monday.
E.ON, one of Europe’s largest energy network operators, has informed the federal government – under German law – of the leak at the Isar 2 plant in Bavaria. The site was scheduled to go offline by the end of the year as part of the country’s plan to phase out nuclear power.
While the damage to the reactor does not pose a threat to public safety, it comes at a time when the German government is rushing to finalize its winter energy plan in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The subsequent decline in energy imports from Russia since the outbreak of the conflict has prompted a policy change in Berlin, with the government now planning to keep two of the three remaining German reactors, including Isar 2, on standby until 2023 .
Shut down for a week in October
According to the ministry – officially the Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection – a one-week maintenance period was required in October for the factory, which is run by E.ON subsidiary PreussenElektra. During this period, the activities would be completely stopped.
A spokesperson said E.ON was confident that an agreement could be reached with the federal government on a framework through which Isar 2 can continue to contribute to Germany’s power security after December 31.
“However, due to the necessary lead times, it is now necessary that the ongoing political discussions lead quickly to a clear result and that all involved create planning certainty as quickly as possible,” said the spokesperson.
The German Environment Ministry announced that it, together with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action, is “studying” the new situation and its implications for the design and implementation of the reserve reserve” of the Isar 2 site.
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