Scientists recommend restart for nuclear reactors

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6 November 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - A panel of scientists appointed by Swedish-owned Vattenfall Europe recommended Tuesday that two of Germany's 17 nuclear power plants be brought back into operation.

6 November 2007

Hamburg (dpa) - A panel of scientists appointed by Swedish-owned Vattenfall Europe recommended Tuesday that two of Germany's 17 nuclear power plants be brought back into operation.

Public fears after a June 28 fire at one of the plants and months of upgrading have kept both the Kruemmel and Brunsbuettel power stations near the northern German city of Hamburg offline.

The transformer destroyed in the Kruemmel fire, cracked taps and fastenings have been replaced. Vattenfall appointed what it called an "independent" panel to advise it on safety.

The five-man panel said there was no release of radioactivity and safety mechanisms had operated properly when both plants were hit by short-circuits on June 28.

It said staff at Kruemmel made one error during the emergency shutdown and should be better trained.

Anti-nuclear groups are expected to assail the panel's conclusion that Vattenfall has put the "organizational and technical conditions in place" to operate both plants safely. The report was published on the company website.

Vattenfall Europe, one of the big four of power generation in Germany, said it would implement recommendations from the group to improve internal and public communications about safety.

Reinhardt Hassa, a member of the company's German board, said he did not expect the two plants to resume operations till early 2008. Germany has legislated the gradual phase-out of all its nuclear power stations by 2022.

Germany generates more than 20,000 megawatts of electricity through nuclear power annually, around a quarter of its needs.

DPA

Subject: German news

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