Monday’s German government failed to approve a draft bill to reserve two nuclear power plants. This was in addition to their planned phase-out. The economy ministry stated that this would have a negative impact on Berlin’s energy plans.
Germany had intended to phase out nuclear power by the end this year. However, the collapse of energy supplies from Russia due to the conflict in Ukraine led to the government keeping two plants in reserve until April.
A spokesperson for Economy Ministry stated that disagreements in the German cabinet could compromise the possibility of the Isar II power station’s extension of its lifespan.
The spokesperson stated that “this means that the tight schedule of the procedure cannot be maintained,” and that power plant operators were informed about the delay Monday.
E.ON’s ( EONGn.DE )Isar II nuclear power station was to be offline for a week starting Oct. 21. This was in preparation for a life extension up to March 2023. The company announced last month that it had reported a leakage at the site.
According to the Economy Ministry spokesperson, the plant operator must be clear about the government’s plans before they can start maintenance. She added that “The ministry continues working on solutions.”
A source said Monday’s decision was delayed by objections from finance ministry. The Free Democrats party runs the ministry and has demanded a longer life expectancy for the reactors.
A source within the finance ministry stated that “the finance ministry believes that the continued operation of two power plants is insufficient.”
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