Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant

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Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant
Kernkraftwerk Grafenrheinfeld - 2013.jpg
Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant is located in Germany
Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant
Location of Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant in Germany
Official name Kernkraftwerk Grafenrheinfeld
Country Germany
Location Grafenrheinfeld
Coordinates 49°59′2.71″N 10°11′4.81″E / 49.9840861°N 10.1846694°E / 49.9840861; 10.1846694Coordinates: 49°59′2.71″N 10°11′4.81″E / 49.9840861°N 10.1846694°E / 49.9840861; 10.1846694
Construction began January 1, 1975
Commission date December 21, 1981
Owner(s) E.ON
Operator(s) E.ON
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PWR
Reactor supplier Siemens
Power generation
Units operational 1 x 1,345 MW
Make and model Siemens
Nameplate capacity 1,345
Annual generation 9,425 GW·h
Plant's site on E.ON's site

The Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant (German: Kernkraftwerk Grafenrheinfeld) is near Grafenrheinfeld, south of Schweinfurt at the river Main. Construction took place between 1974 and 1981 with construction costs of around 2.5 billion DM. The reactor, a German third-generation pressurized water reactor with an electrical net power output of 1345 megawatts, achieved first criticality on December 9, 1981. E.ON in Hanover is the operator of the plant. The two 143m tall cooling towers are visible from far away. As with almost all other nuclear plants, temporary storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel are present on site. There is an information center at the power station.

Under the phase out policy for nuclear power in Germany, the plant is scheduled to shut down on 31 December 2015. Citing economical reasons, E.ON has declared to shut down the plant earlier, at end of May 2015.[1][2]

In the media[edit]

In the anti-nuclear teenage book Die Wolke (The Cloud) (1987), the power plant undergoes a fictional meltdown.

  1. ^ E.ON schaltet Grafenrheinfeld früher ab
  2. ^ E.ON preparing for Grafenrheinfeld nuclear plant's May closure