International Nuclear Energy Results for 1999

Berlin, 23.02.2000

In the international figures for nuclear energy, a total of seven German reactors appeared amongst the ten most powerful and safest power plants, taking places 1 to 4 and 6, 7, and 8. The 1999 world champion in power generation was the Isar 2 nuclear power plant, which generated 12.27 billion kilowatt hours (kWh). Silver went to Grohnde nuclear power plant (11.83 billion kWh), bronze went to Philippsburg 2 (11.72 billion kWh), and Brokdorf (11.67 billion kWh) came in fourth. In addition to the German power plants in the Top Ten there were also two American ones and one French one.

Germany`s nuclear power plants have been world leaders since 1980, and provide impressive proof of continuous reliability and safety in power production. In the past eleven years alone, they have taken 7 leading positions amongst the Top Ten on nine occasions and 6 of them in the other two years. "These figures for output and availability stand out enormously in international comparison, and are only possible because of the high degree of technical maturity of German nuclear power plants, and the above-average level of qualification of their operating staff," is the comment on these results from the President of the German Atom Forum, Otto Majewski.

The 7 German nuclear power plants amongst the Top Ten in 1999 each generated more than 11 billion kWh of electricity. By way of comparison: 10 billion kWh would be enough to provide a gigantic city like Hamburg with all the electricity it needs for a whole year.

At the end of last year there were 436 nuclear power plants in operation all over the world, and they produced 2.5 trillion kWh of electricity. They thus supplied 16 percent of world electricity production.

Since the beginning of the peaceful use of nuclear energy, a total of 37.2 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity have been produced from uranium and plutonium. That means: 37,200,000,000,000 kWh! - or nearly 70 times as much electricity as is generated (from all sources) every year in Germany.

Note: Use was made here of sources including the Nucleonics Week information department of the publishing house of McGraw-Hill.


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