BERLIN — The operator of one among Germany’s three remaining nuclear energy stations mentioned Monday that it has detected a leak that may require the plant to close down for a number of days of upkeep subsequent month whether it is to maintain going past the tip of the yr.
The announcement by PreussenElektra, a subsidiary of utility large E.ON that operates the Isar 2 facility in Bavaria, places stress on the German authorities to resolve if it needs to stay to its long-held plan of shutting all of the nation’s nuclear crops this yr, to maintain them on stand-by or to run them for so long as attainable.
Germany’s financial system minister mentioned earlier this month that he favored shutting one down and holding two on stand-by, thereby balancing political commitments, nuclear security on the ageing crops and the chance of attainable winter vitality shortages. Opposition lawmakers and a few in authorities need them to maintain working.
The German Atmosphere Ministry mentioned it was knowledgeable by PreussenElektra final week about an inside valve leak which will not require restore if the plant closes as initially deliberate on Dec. 31. For Isar 2 to function past the tip of the yr, nonetheless, the corporate would want to restore the leak, necessitating a weeklong shutdown.
In an announcement, PreussenElektra mentioned it was assured it might work with the federal government to create the required situations to function Isar 2 past Dec. 31 and thereby present “a contribution to a safe electrical energy provide through the coming winter.”
“Because of the lead time required, it’s obligatory, nonetheless, that the continued political discussions now swiftly result in a transparent outcome and planning certainty is quickly achieved for all concerned,” the corporate mentioned.
The Atmosphere Ministry, which oversees nuclear security issues, mentioned the knowledge offered by PreussenElektra incorporates “important new info” that must be taken into consideration when assessing whether or not nuclear crops can be out there for electrical energy manufacturing after Dec. 31.