the Countdown for the closure of the first Swiss nuclear power plant Mühleberg has begun. 20. December 2019 is set for the operation. The preparations went according to Plan, said the Head of the operator, BKW, Suzanne Thoma.

The operation could not have been more worth it with the necessary retrofits, was BKW a few years ago. Mill mountain produces approximately 110 kilometres southwest of Basel since 1972, electricity.

The Switzerland had decided, after the disaster in the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima in 2011, to build no new nuclear power plants. The timing of the decommissioning of the old systems but at the discretion of the operator, said a spokesman for the nuclear regulatory ESNI. As long as safety is ensured, could remain a station on the network.

Four Swiss nuclear units remain in operation: Beznau I and II from the years 1969 and 1971, close to the German border near Waldshut-Tiengen and Gösgen (1979) and Leibstadt (1984).

Beznau was regarded for many years as the home of the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the world. That changed a few years ago, because the first two months of Operation were classified as test operation. So it is now available in the USA, France and India, older power plants. Worldwide, about 450 nuclear power plants according to the atomic energy authority IAEA in operation and more than 50 in the construction.

The Demolition in mill mountain takes to the BKW plans to 2034. First, the radioactive fuel elements, come to decay in a pool. By 2024, all of which should be in the intermediate bearing according to Würenlingen, about 15 kilometres South of Waldshut-Tiengen. For a nuclear repository, three sites in Switzerland in the conversation. A final decision is not expected before 2030.

Of the total mass of the nuclear power plant are contaminated, according to information from BKW eight percent radioactive. The majority of could be cleaned. About 4000 tonnes would have to be specially disposed of. The operator has provided for Decommissioning 1.5 billion Swiss francs (1.3 billion euros).

dpa