Emsland nuclear power plant

Nuclear power plant

Facts and figures

Power plant location  Lingen, Lower Saxony
Power plant type Pressurised-water reactor
Unit Single-unit system
Commissioned in 1988
Electrical output (net) 1,335 MW
Fuel Uranium 235
Reactor pressure 157 bar
Steam temperature 292 °C
Fuel weight approx. 103 t
Cooling Natural-draft wet cooling tower 
Fuel elements per unit 193

Reliable power plant performance

The 1,400-megawatt unit at Emsland nuclear power station near Lingen in Lower Saxony was commissioned in 1988. Since then, it has produced around 11 billion kWh of electricity a year, with an availability factor of more than 90%. This makes Emsland power plant one of the most powerful and reliable in the industry.

Electricity for 3.5 million households

Approximately 3.5 million households are supplied with electricity in this way. Using nuclear power means that approximately 10 million tonnes less CO2 are released into the atmosphere. 300 employees contribute to the success of the power plant. In addition, the site operates its own vocational training workshop. In this way RWE provides interesting and varied training opportunities for young people from the region.

Intermediate storage facility

Lingen is operational In December 2002, the intermediate storage facility Lingen was commissioned on the site of the Emsland nuclear power plant. In line with the Atomic Energy Act, the spent fuel elements from the plant are stored there in secure “Castor” containers before being shipped to a final storage facility that has yet to be named by the Federal Government. 

You might also be interested in

Emsland power plant

Find out more about Emsland natural gas-fired power plant – indispensable flexibility for the energy transition

Read more

Gundremmingen nuclear power plant

Climate friendly powerhouse in southern Germany

Read more

Biblis nuclear power plant

From power operation to decommissioning and dismantling

Read more