Switzerland Stops One Of Five Nuclear Power Plants

Dismantling of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant will last until 2034. Switzerland, after a nuclear accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, decided to abandon the construction of new nuclear reactors.

Mühleberg nuclear power plant decommissioned in Switzerland – the first of five nuclear power plants in the country to be shut down. This power plant is located 115 kilometers southwest of the German city of Weil am Rhein near the border with Germany.

The ceremony of shutting down the nuclear power plant was broadcast live: one of the employees pushed the control rods between the fuel elements by pressing a button, which immediately stopped the chain reaction. After that, the pressure and temperature in the reactor rapidly decreased.

The dismantling of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant will begin on January 6. The work will be completed only by 2034. The operator company BKW came to the conclusion that further operation of this nuclear power plant after 47 years of operation has become unprofitable due to overdue repairs.

After the nuclear disaster at the Japanese Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant, Switzerland decided to no longer build new nuclear power plants. At the same time, old nuclear power plants are allowed to continue operating under strict safety measures.

source: dw.de

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