The managing director of the Tüv Association, Joachim Bühler, believes that the three nuclear power plants that were shut down at the end of last year can be put back into operation quickly. These are the piles of Brokdorf (Schleswig-Holstein), Grohnde (Lower Saxony) and Gundremmingen C (Bavaria).
Bühler told the “Bild” newspaper that a restart would be “not a question of years, but rather of a few months or weeks” – and above all a question of political will. “In our opinion, the three power plants are in a state of safety that would make it possible to connect them to the grid again.” The nuclear power plants are among the safest and technically best in the world.
The background to the debate is the throttling of gas supplies from Russia to Germany. Natural gas is mainly used for heating. But it also contributes around 10 percent to electricity production in Germany. If you were to rely on nuclear energy for longer, you could use more gas for heating.