Press release | 2010-12-15 | 12:45 PM

E.ON and Vattenfall agree on joint optimization process for Krümmel and Brunsbüttel nuclear power stations

In view of changes in Germany’s nuclear-energy laws, E.ON and Vattenfall have agreed to work together to explore all available options for rapidly returning Krümmel and Brunsbüttel nuclear power stations to service, and further optimizing the operation of these facilities.

In the months ahead, the two companies will conduct a thorough review, in particular of the technical situation and operating processes at the two facilities, and calculate the invest-ments necessary to overhaul and update them.

E.ON and Vattenfall will conduct the review as partners. E.ON Kernkraft and Vattenfall Europe Nuclear Energy each have a 50-percent stake in Krümmel nuclear power station. Vattenfall Europe Nuclear Energy has a majority stake, and E.ON Kernkraft a one-third stake, in Brunsbüttel nuclear power station. Another purpose of the review is to determine whether E.ON will take over operational responsibility for both facilities.

E.ON Energie CEO Ingo Luge stated: “Germany’s energy plan and the agreement on ex-tending the operating lives of the country’s nuclear power stations have changed the regula-tory environment for operating these facilities in some very fundamental ways. We’re looking hard at options for optimizing operations at all of our nuclear power stations, in part due to current safety regulations and the investments necessary to comply with them. We intend to thoroughly analyze all technical, financial, and legal aspects of the situation. This will provide a solid basis for designing feasible solutions for the future of Krümmel and Brunsbüttel.”

Stefan Dohler, a member of Vattenfall Europe’s Board of Management, said: “With this agreement to develop feasible solutions for the future of Krümmel and Brunsbüttel, we are intensifying the cooperation of the plant owners. The upcoming assessment process is taking place in close and trustful cooperation, where both partners will rely extensively on their ex-perience of running nuclear power plants.”

E.ON and Vattenfall intend to complete the necessary analyses, evaluations, and concept-designs in the first half of 2011. Both companies agree that the highest degree of safety and reliability in restarting the facilities is an indispensable prerequisite for returning the plants to service.

Media contacts

E.ON Energie AG:
Josef Nelles 
Phone:  +49-89-12 54-42 52
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E.ON Energie AG
Brienner Straße 40
80333 München

Vattenfall Europe AG:
Stefan Müller 
Phone:  +49-30-81 82-23 20
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Vattenfall Europe AG
Chausseestraße 23
10115 Berlin

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