FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany will move out of nuclear power, keeping shut eight suspended reactors and closing the rest by 2022 in response to Japan's Fukushima disaster and following after a dramatic policy reversal by the coalition government at the weekend.
The decision, which came amid mass demonstrations against nuclear power, must be legally validated in parliament and could face strong opposition from utility companies.
Below is a list of the country's seven oldest reactors which were suspended after the Fukushima incident and an eighth, eighth, Vattenfall's Kruemmel, which was shut for other reasons.
These were going to be shut until at least mid-June for safety reviews and now will probably never restart.
Of the 17 in total. another six will be taken offline by 2021, environment minister Norbert Roettgen said, without specifying which ones.
The remaining three would stay open for another year as a safety buffer to ensure no disruption to power supply.
One of the older reactors will probably be kept as a cold reserve for 2013, in the year of more large-scale transition to renewable energy.
The construction dates for the younger plants does not indicate that they will necessarily be closed in order of age.
This is because complex production quota transfers will be a possibility for the four operators RWE, E.ON, Vattenfall Europe and EnBW, either within their own capacity, or via swaps with sector peers.
Reporting by Vera Eckert; editing by Jason Neely