2001 a Record Year for Nuclear Power in Germany

Berlin, 25.02.2002

In the year 2001, the German nuclear power plants set new production records: the amount of electricity generated free of CO2 rose to a so-far unattained high (totalling 171.3 TWh), and on an international level, too, existing records were broken. For example, on a world-wide scale of electricity production, there were no less than eight German reactors among the top ten most efficient nuclear power plants last year, taking the positions one to seven and nine. For the third time in a row, the Isar-2 nuclear power plant was world electricity production champion in 2001, generating a total of 12.4 TWh.

Among the 31 nations using nuclear power in the world, Germany produced the fourth-highest amount of nuclear-generated electricity, surpassed only by the USA, France and Japan - and this with the comparatively low number of just 19 reactors. The German Atomic Forum (DAtF e. V.) sees this as further proof of the safe and reliable operation of the German nuclear power plants. The Federal Republic disposes of a great deal of know-how in the field of nuclear engineering. It is not by coincidence that the top ten of nuclear power plants is dominated by plants that have been designed and manufactured by German companies. This specialised knowledge must not be lost if Germany wants to keep its influence in the nuclear sector in future, too.

Top Ten 2001

 Country Nuclear Power Plant  Supplier  Rated power (gross)
 Electrical energy generated (gross)
billion kWh
 Germany  Isar-2  Siemens  1 475  12,40
 Germany  Brokdorf  Siemens  1 440  11,79
 Germany  Grohnde  Siemens  1 430  11,56
 Germany  Emsland  Siemens  1 400  11,53
 Germany  Unterweser  Siemens  1 410  11,21
 Germany  Neckar-2  Siemens  1 365  11,17
 Germany  Grafenrheinfeld  Siemens  1 345  11,15
 USA  South Texas-1  Westinghouse  1 315  10,80
 Germany  Gundremmingen-B  Siemens  1 344  10,78
 USA  Byron-1  Westinghouse  1 242  10,75

Further statistics can be ordered from DAtF (fax +49 30 288805-20 or presse@datf.de). Figures taken i. a. from information provided by "platts Nucleonics Week", McGraw-Hill Companies Inc.


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