The “Gesellschaft zur Wiederaufarbeitung von Kernbrennstoffen (GWK)” is founded by companies in the chemical industry.
The chemical industry withdraws from the reprocessing of nuclear fuels project. The GWK is taken over by the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wiederaufarbeitung von Kernbrennstoffen (DWK)”, a subsidiary of German energy supply companies. Reprocessing operations are continued by the DWK-owned “Wiederaufarbeitungsanlage Karlsruhe Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (WAK BGmbH)”.
Work on the planned Wackersdorf reprocessing plant is discontinued.
Reprocessing in Karlsruhe is discontinued
Contract is signed for the shutdown of the Karlsruhe reprocessing plant
WAK BGmbH is taken over by the state-owned “Energiewerke Nord GmbH (EWN)” and is renamed “Wiederaufarbeitungsanlage Karlsruhe Rückbau- und Entsorgungs-GmbH (WAK GmbH)”
The shutdown of old nuclear plants business unit is transferred from the “Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH” to WAK GmbH. This combined the activities involved in the dismantling and disposal of public-sector nuclear plants and created the conditions necessary at the Karlsruhe site for the founding of the “Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)”, the merger of the research centre and the University of Karlsruhe.
WAK GmbH is renamed Kerntechnische Entsorgung Karlsruhe GmbH, or KTE for short.