European power supplier EnBW has temporarily taken off Block II of the Neckarwestheim nuclear power plant GKN II off the grid for a short shutdown on 31 December 2022. The measure, which has already been announced several times in recent weeks, serves to adjust the plant to electricity production, which has been extended until 15 April 2023. In order to ensure security of supply in Germany, the Federal Government initiated an amendment to the law in October, which came into force on 9 December. This will enable the last three German nuclear power plants in operation, including GKN II, to produce electricity by mid-April 2023. Previously, the end of production was legally scheduled for December 31, 2022.GKN II is a pressurized water reactor with an electrical output of 1,400 megawatts and is operated by EnBW Kernkraft GmbH. The plant went into operation in 1989 and produced almost eleven billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2022. The other unit at the Neckarwestheim site – GKN I – has been permanently shut down since 2011 and has been dismantled since 2017.