Würgassen nuclear power plant

Würgassen nuclear power plant is located on the upper reaches of the River Weser between Bad Karlshafen and Beverungen. It was commissioned in 1971.

The plant was shut down for economic reasons in early 1997. Nuclear decommissioning and dismantling of the entire plant was successfully completed in 2014. It makes Würgassen the first power reactor decommission project to be fully completed. In the course of decommissioning, the operator has gained considerable dismantling experience which will be invaluable for future decommissioning projects. The plant is currently being operated as an interim storage site.

Würgassen timeline


Application for construction and operation permits submitted to the competent authorities of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.


First power supplied to public grid.


Hand-over to PreussenElektra.


Permit granted for continuous operation.


Decision to shut the plant down for economic reasons.


Permit granted for shutdown and decommissioning, phase I; dismantling of first plant components in machine building, reactor building and residual heat removal system building.


Decommissioning and dismantling of Würgassen nuclear power plant successfully completed.


Interim storage site.

Did you know?

Würgassen was the first nuclear power plant in Germany to be used only for commercial purposes. Until its closure it generated a total of  72.9 billion kW/h of electricity. 


Operator: PreussenElektra GmbH

Owner: E.ON Kernkraft GmbH (100%)

Employees: 13

The plant is being operated as an interim storage site.

Do you have any questions about our power plant?

We will be happy to help! 

Markus Wentzke Power Plant Manager +49 5273-38 -0