German nuclear operator says fire site repaired

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21 September 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - A German electricity company said Thursday it had completed repairs at part of a nuclear power station that was gutted by fire in June, but it would not go online yet.

21 September 2007

Hamburg (dpa) - A German electricity company said Thursday it had completed repairs at part of a nuclear power station that was gutted by fire in June, but it would not go online yet.

All the damage had been fixed in the transformer building at Kruemmel power station, east of Hamburg, and the building had been modified so a replacement transformer could fit.

The reactor itself was not damaged in the June 28 fire, but the incident triggered controversy in Germany about whether nuclear power is safe.

The operator, Vattenfall Europe, said the station would not resume generating electricity till all safety checks were completed. A second nuclear plant near Hamburg, at Brunsbuettel, is also offline for safety checks.

It also reported Thursday to regulators that close study of a fuel rod removed from the reactor in March showed that it had leaked, with uranium escaping into cooling water. There had been a hole in its jacket.

Vattenfall spokesman Ivo Banek said the water was part of a closed system at Kruemmel and there had been no release of radioactivity into the outside world.

DPA

Subject: German news

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