BKW Energie AG

Mühleberg nuclear power plant
Highest electricity output since startup

Bern (ots) - In 2010 the Mühleberg nuclear power plant (KKM) of BKW FMB Energy Ltd (BKW) recorded gross production of 3,109 million Kilowatt hours (kWh), slightly exceeding the prior-year figure of 3,092 million kWh to record its best result since going into operation. Since the early 1970s the KKM has generated more than 102 billion kWh of electricity, resulting in total savings of more than 42 million tonnes of CO2 and 1.3 million tonnes in 2010 alone compared to the output of a modern gas-fired combined-cycle power plant. The record annual output is attributable to the plant's good condition and the safety of its operations. Thanks to ongoing upgrading of plant components, the KKM is well-equipped for long-term operation. In 2010 the Mühleberg nuclear power plant fed electricity into the grid for 8,172 hours (2009: 8,020 hours) or 93.3 percent of the year (91.6 percent) with maximum reliability. With the exception of the scheduled revision carried out in August/September and reduced capacities in September and November due to the startup of new pump drive systems, operation was uninterrupted. The average availability of the plant since the end of 1972 amounts to 89.9 %, which is exceptionally high by international standards. BKW aims to continue ensuring the safe operation of the KKM through continual plant upgrades and regular, thorough system checks. The plant will continue to make an important contribution to energy security in north-western Switzerland. Contact: Antonio Sommavilla info@bkw-fmb.ch 031 330 51 07

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