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Emsland nuclear power plant

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Reliable power station performance

The 1,400-megawatt unit at Emsland nuclear power plant in Lingen in Lower Saxony was commissioned in 1988. Since then, the power plant has produced around 11 billion kWh of electricity a year, with an availability factor of around 94 per cent. This makes Emsland power plant one of the most powerful and reliable power plants in the industry.

Electricity for 3.5 million households

In this way, approximately 3.5 million households can be supplied with electricity per year. Using nuclear power means that approximately 10 million tonnes less CO2 are released into the atmosphere. About 350 employees contribute to the success of the station. In addition, the site operates its own vocational training workshop together with nearby Emsland gas-fired power plant. 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 fuel element 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 nuclear power station 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. As the new operating company, the state-owned organisation for interim storage (BGZ – Gesellschaft für Zwischenlagerung) has been responsible for the interim storage facility in Lingen since 1 January 2019.


Facts and figures

Powe rplant location

Lingen, Lower Saxony


Single-unit system


Pressurised-water reactor

Area of use


Commissioned in



Uranium 235

Electrical output (net)

1,335 MW

Reactor pressure

157 bars

Steam temperature

292 °C

Fuel weight

approx. 103 t

Cooling system

Natural-draft wet cooling tower

Fuel elements per unit


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Information centre Emsland nuclear power station 

Am Hilgenberg
49811 Lingen