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Philippsburg nuclear power plant
Unit 2/KKP 2


Unit 2 Philippsburg nuclear power plant in Baden-Württemberg is operated by ENBW Kernkraft GmbH. Commercial operation began on 26 March 1980. Authorisation for power operation in accordance with the German Atomic Energy Act (AtG) expired on 31 December 2019.


General information

Federal stateBaden-Württemberg
Type (construction line)KWU pressurised water reactor
Current operatorEnBW Kernkraft GmbH
OwnerEnBW AG

Operational data

Operational data24 June 1975
Start of construction7 July 1977
First criticality13 December 1984
First criticality17 December 1984
Start of commercial operation18 April 1985
Expiry of authorisation for power operation in accordance with the German Atomic Energy Act (AtG)31 December 2019

Technical data

Thermal reactor power3,950 MW
Gross electric capacity1,458 MW
Net electric capacity1,392 MW
Number of reactor coolant pumps4
Number of fuel elements193
Weight of fuel elements in reactor core853 kg
Number of fuel rods per fuel element16 x 16 rods
Composition of the nuclear fuelUraium dioxide with max. 4.0% U-235 max. 96 uranium-plutonium MOX fuel elements with max. 4.65% Pu_fiss
Number of control elements61
Type of cooling systemRiver water, discharge or circulation cooling using natural draft cooling towers