One-third of nuclear reactors are not working

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24 July 2007, Berlin (dpa) - One third of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors are out of action for maintenance or repairs, but electricity industry officials said Monday Germany had sufficient electricity.

24 July 2007

Berlin (dpa) - One third of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors are out of action for maintenance or repairs, but electricity industry officials said Monday Germany had sufficient electricity.

They spoke as inspectors began three days of checks at Brunsbuettel power station, west of Hamburg, after reports that racks holding piping were not properly fastened to concrete walls in the reactor building.

"We haven't found anything serious yet. But we can't say finally till Wednesday," said Oliver Breuer, a spokesman for government regulators.

The industry is under pressure to improve safety at older sites. It has been disclosed that another idle site, the Unterweser Power Station in Lower Saxony state, had of its four emergency cooling systems wrongly calibrated.

The VDEW electricity-industry federation said the six stations currently offline included Brunsbuettel and Kruemmel, knocked out by a transformer fire on June 28 and facing a round of inspections till the end of August.

The other three have workmen in: Biblis A and Biblis B are being reconstructed, while Isar 2, like Unterweser, is undergoing its annual inspection.

VDEW said the six had a joint capacity of 7,269 megawatts, but the shortfall could be met from the European power grid or using German reserve capacity.

DPA

Subject: German news

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