German Nuclear Power Plants Leaders Worldwide in 2004

Berlin, 17.02.2005

Germany is currently the most successful nuclear power plant operator. Five of the world`s top ten production records were achieved by German nuclear power plants last year. Having generated an annual total of 12.24 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, the Isar 2 nuclear power plant became world electricity production champion for the sixth time in a row already.

The German Atomic Forum welcomes this record, seeing it as a clear demonstration of the high-class performance of the German nuclear power plants. These figure clearly show the top position that German nuclear power plants occupy internationally when it comes to safety, reliability and availability. Despite operating the comparatively small number of 18 reactors, Germany produced the fourth-highest amount of electricity in 2004, behind the USA, France and Japan. In the so-called base-load area - the supply of electricity around the clock - economical and environmentally-friendly nuclear power even contributes around 50% in Germany.

In 2004, the share of nuclear power in world-wide electricity production rose by 3.7%. 441 reactor units are currently in operation in 31 countries. At present, 22 nuclear power plant units are under construction in 9 different countries. In addition, France has decided on a site for a further nuclear power plant.

Top Ten 2004

Country Nuclear power plant Operator Manufacturer Gross design electrical rating
Gross electrical energy generated
 bn. kWh
Germany  Isar-2  E.ON Kernkraft  Siemens  1.475  12,24
 France  Civaux-2  EDF  Framatome  1.562  12,20
 France  Civaux-1  EDF  Framatome  1.561  11,80
Germany  Emsland  KLE  Siemens  1.400  11,76
 USA  South Texas-1  STP NOC  Westinghouse  1.315  11,64
 Germany  Brokdorf  E.ON Kernkraft  Siemens  1.440  11,62
 Germany  Grohnde  E.ON Kernkraft  Siemens  1.430  11,33
 USA  Palo Verde-2  Arizona NPP  CE  1.428  11,23
 Germany  Neckar-2  GKN  Siemens  1.365  11,20
 Japan  Kashiwazaki-7  Tokyo EPC  Toshiba 1.356 11,19

Deutsches Atomforum e. V. (DAtF)

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