Philippsburg / Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - Despite the corona pandemic, EnBW is on schedule with the dismantling of the shutdown nuclear power plants.

"There have not yet been any significant delays in the decommissioning and dismantling processes," said the Ministry of the Environment in Stuttgart.

However, the dismantling activities had to be partially restricted in the past year due to the corona.

However, hygiene concepts were quickly developed and continuously adapted, said the head of the EnBW nuclear power division, Jörg Michels, of the German press agency in Philippsburg (Karlsruhe district).

Wherever possible, employees worked from home.

"But you cannot operate a nuclear power plant from your home office."

The energy company is responsible for five reactors in the southwest.

The one in Obrigheim (Neckar-Odenwald district) was already being dismantled before the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which will be the tenth anniversary of March 11th.

The Meiler Neckarwestheim I (Heilbronn district) and Philippsburg I and II were then switched off.

The second block in Neckarwestheim is only allowed to supply electricity until the end of 2022.


"Currently, as the Ministry of the Environment, we have issued all dismantling permits that are required for the start or continuation of dismantling work on the disused blocks," said a spokeswoman.

It is important for the scheduled dismantling that the removal of waste does not slow down.

"If larger quantities of approved waste have to be stored at the power plant site, this could result in a bottleneck in the ongoing dismantling."

The ministry advocates rapid dismantling in order to reduce the risk potential of the plants in the long term.

"But with all dismantling measures, of course, ensuring safety has priority over requests for acceleration," it said.

It is just as important to involve the public in the process.

"In doing so, we basically go beyond the legal requirements."

But the operator of the nuclear power plants in Baden-Württemberg, EnBW Kernkraft GmbH, is also showing "a great deal of commitment" to the rapid dismantling of the shutdown nuclear power plant units, the spokeswoman said.

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