Stade (Germany)

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PWR 640 MW constructed by KWU; grid connection 1972, shut down in 2003.

Facilities in Stade

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In 2004 three events rated INES 0 occured according to the BfS annual report.


In 2003 two events rated INES 0 occured according to the BfS annual report.


The nuclear power plant Stade was shut down after 31 years of operation.


Stade will be the first reactor to be decomissioned after the german "atom consens". The NPP will be shut down in autumn, the demolition process will start in 2005 and will be finished after 12 years.
A public paticipation process concerning the decommissioning started in Mai 2003. The PPP includes the licensing of an interim LILWstorage for waste from the demolition, which shall be stored for 40 years at the plant site.
Spent fuel from Stade is planned to be transported to La Hague for reprocessing until 2005, - from that year on export of high level radioactive waste from Germany is prohibited.


After a routine revision the atomic power plant Stade was presumably started for the last time. The reactor is to be switched off in the year 2003 as the first in the context of leaving atomic energy.
Originally the atomic consent of Federal Government and energy industry planned to switch off Stade in 2004. However Eon wants to transfer the theoretical remaining time until 2004 now to other reactors. The dismantling of the pressurized water reactor in Stade is to begin in 2005 and to last about twelve to 15 years. The removal will cost at least half a billion Euro.


During the revision malfunctions at the lubrication system of the main cooling pump were determined. According to the operator enterprise Eon three of twelve pressure safety devices showed obviously sings of corrosion.

A non-adherent contamination above the limit value by 4 Bq/cm² (Bequerel per square centimeter) was determined by consultant measurements after loading a transport container. The container has to be transported to La Hague in France. The contamination at a transport container of the type TN 17/2 was discovered within an extensive measuring program, which was arranged by the Federal Ministry of Environment after the 1998 determined contamination events as condition for the resumption of the transport of illuminated fuel elements in the spring of this year. The Federal Ministry of Environment will carry ensuring that the evacuation of the containers from Stade for reprocessing to France in December may be only executed, if it is proven perfectly that the treated container is free of non-adherent contamination.

Germany's second oldest nuclear power station is to shut in
2003, its operator E.ON said on Monday. Stade near Hamburg will be the first nuclear facility to shut following this summer's agreement on complete phase-out of nuclear power in Germany.
The station will probably generate virtually all of the maximum 23.18 TWh allotted to it under the phase-out deal.


Shutdown because of leaks in the new valves installed in spring and manufactured by Sulzer AG. The PORVs were installed in March as a backfitting measure. PORVs are required for accident management. They should open not only under primary overpressure from steam alone, but also from water-steam mixture. Stade PORVs are designed to allow feed&bleed. The new valves exhibited small leaks due to improper seating. leak rate was increasing during operation. The leakages led to condensation of borated water and the boron desposits delayed the functioning of the relief valves and increased ccorrosion of the PORVs