The Energiewerke Nord GmbH (EWN) is decommissioning and dismantling the Greifswald Nuclear Power Plant (KGR) in the Land of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the Rheinsberg NPP (KKR) in the Land of Brandenburg.
Besides the dismantling activities, the disposal and interim storage of the spent fuel elements and the resulting radioactive waste are main tasks of EWN.
The nuclear fuel, stored in CASTOR casks in the Interim Storage North (ISN), will be taken to a Federal Final Store for heat developing radioactive waste, in the long term.
The other radioactive material is being kept at the ISN site until it will be taken to the Federal Final Store "Konrad" (final storage of solid or solidified radioactive waste with negligible heat development) or it will be taken to the scrap dealer after exemption by the authorities.
The only shareholder of the EWN is the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Because of the gained experiences, the EWN takes part in projects concerning decommissioning, dismantling and disposal of nuclear plants at home and abroad.
In 2003 the EWN took over the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Versuchsreaktor GmbH (research reactor) and the WAK Wiederaufbereitungsanlage Karlsruhe Rückbau- und Entsorgungsgesellschaft mbH in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (reprocessing plant) as subsidiary companies.
As a result of the negotiations between the G8-States in Kananaskis (Canada) in 2002, it was decided to implement the project for disposal of nuclear submarines under the leadership of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology instructed EWN to manage the project.
Moreover, EWN is changing the former Greifswald NPP site into an important centre of energy and technology in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
The necessary infrastructure - as road and railway connections - is available at the site; as well as an industrial harbour and the connection to the switchyard and the high voltage system of Vattenfall Europe Transmission GmbH. For the different site reuse projects EWN provides areas and buildings for investors from home and abroad for sale or leasing.
The connection to the German-Russian gas pipeline Northstream is an important project for the site.
Further investors are planning the construction of conventional gas or coal power plants.
In the cleared turbine hall of the power plant investors started with the production of ship components and maritime cranes in the year 2007.