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November 10, 2021

Emsland, KKE, Germany

By Carmen

Emsland, KKE is a 1,406MW nuclear reactor which is located within the premises of Emsland nuclear power plant. It is located in Lower Saxony, Germany. The nuclear reactor is currently generating power and is in active status. The construction on the reactor commenced in Aug, 1982. The first power from the reactor was achieved in Apr, 1988. Subsequent to trial runs the reactor finally entered into commercial operation in Jun, 1988.

PID Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Main Contractor
281 Nuclear 1,406 1,406 Active Lower Saxony, Germany Framatome


Emsland, KKE is a Generation II nuclear reactor developed by Framatome, the main contractor for the project.

The 1,406MW reactor is currently owned by RWE (100%) and operated by RWE Nuclear.

Emsland, KKE is a type of PWR reactor. It features 193 fuel assemblies in the core of reactor, the place where fission occurs and energy is released. Safety contol rods that are used to control the fission rate in the reactor are 61 in number.

Development Status

The reactor construction commenced in Aug, 1982 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in Jun, 1988.

Contractors Involved

Framatome was selected as the steam turbine supplier for the nuclear reactor. The company provided 1 steam turbine for the project. Framatome was selected as an architect engineer for the reactor. The reactor system was supplied by Framatome. The reactor vessel has been supplied by Gutehoffnungshutte Sterkrade (GHH). The material used for the construction of the vessel is Alloyed Steel (20MnMoNi55;22NiMoCr37). The civil works were carried out by Arge Strahlemschuts and Framatome.

About Framatome

Framatome SAS (Framatome), a subsidiary of Electricite de France SA, designs and supplies nuclear equipment and steam supply systems. The company manufactures components, fuel assemblies, instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants. It provides engineering and design, instrumentation and control, licensing and commissioning, project management, plant performance, fuel services, aging and asset management services. Framatome also offers outage services maintenance, components repair and replacement and other related services. The company’s project portfolio includes Flamanville 3, Taishan 1 & 2 and Hinkley Point C. It serves defense, medical, healthcare and other sectors. The company has operations in France, Germany, China, and the US. Framatome is headquartered in Ile-de-France, France.


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