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Chancellor Scholz: Continued operation of nuclear power plant could "make sense"

Chancellor Scholz: Continued operation of nuclear power plant could “make sense”

Germany energy crisis

According to Chancellor Scholz, the continued operation of the nuclear power plant could “make sense”

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In the gas dispute with Russia, Olaf Scholz inspects the turbine of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. It is temporarily stored in Mülheim an der Ruhr on its way from Canada to Russia. Follow the Chancellor’s visit and statement here.

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During an appearance at Siemens Energy, the Federal Chancellor noted that he was open to the temporary continued operation of nuclear power plants. In particular, he criticized Bavaria for not making enough progress in the energy transition.

DAccording to Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), the Federal Government is considering a somewhat longer use of nuclear energy in view of the imminent lack of energy. Power plants are “only relevant to electricity production and only a small part of it,” Scholz said Wednesday in Mülheim an der Ruhr. “But it can still make sense.”

Scholz referred to the “different” expansion of renewable energies in the federal states. “You know that especially in Bavaria, which has made slow progress, with the expansion of wind power. The expansion of transmission networks to the south “did not proceed as fast as planned”. All this has to be taken into account.

However, before making a decision, the result of the ongoing renewed stress test on the power supply must first be awaited, Scholz said. He also pointed out that gas storage facilities in Germany are currently better filled than in previous years and that the planned new liquefied gas terminals should come online from the end of the year. This will significantly improve Germany’s opportunities to import gas independently of Russia.

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Due to fears of Russian gas deliveries being halted, the FDP and the Union in particular are demanding an extension of Akw’s run times. Under current nuclear law, the three power plants still connected to the grid would have to be taken off the grid by the end of December. Until now, the SPD and the Greens in particular have been skeptical.

Candidate for continuous operation: AKW Isar 2 in Bavaria

Candidate for continuous operation: AKW Isar 2 in Bavaria

Source: dpa/Armin Weigel

The Greens no longer wanted to generally rule out at least the temporary continuation of the operation in the event of a crisis. This concerns in particular the Bavarian Isar-2 nuclear power plant. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has also spoken out in favor of allowing controversial gas production through fracking, especially in Lower Saxony.