Grohnde Nuclear Power Plant

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Grohnde Nuclear Power Plant
KKW Grohnde.jpg
Country Germany
Coordinates 52°02′07″N 9°24′48″E / 52.03528°N 9.41333°E / 52.03528; 9.41333Coordinates: 52°02′07″N 9°24′48″E / 52.03528°N 9.41333°E / 52.03528; 9.41333
Construction began 1975
Commission date September 4, 1984
Owner(s) 83.3% E.ON
16.7% Stadtwerke Bielefeld
Operator(s) GKKG Grohnde
Nuclear power station
Cooling source Weser River
Cooling towers 2
Power generation
Units operational 1 x 1,430 MW
Average generation 10,996 GWh

The Grohnde Nuclear Power Plant is located in Hamelin-Pyrmont in Lower Saxony. It has one reactor that uses 193 fuel assemblies and utilizes both enriched uranium and MOX fuel. In 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1998 the reactor produced the most net electricity for the respective year than any other reactor in the world. The plant is of the pressurized water reactor type, using four water based coolant cycles, kept under high pressure. About 80,000 people live within 10 km of the plant. The next big cities are Hanover, (over 500,000 people 50 km away), Hildesheim, (100,000 people at 35 km), Paderborn (140,000 people at 55 km) and Bielefeld, (330,000 people at 60 km) - a total of more than a million people within 60 km.

Grohnde nuclear power plant on the Weser river, the village of Grohnde is visible to the right
View from the Ohrbergpark to the small village Tündern and to the Grohnde Nuclear Power Plant beside the river Weser in the Upper Weser Valley and the Weser Uplands. The yellow fields are rapeseed fields.