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German nuclear talks messy, operators may still gain

Monday, March 8, 2010

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s nuclear power industry is no closer to knowing how long its plants may operate than five months ago when Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government assumed power and promised to extend their lives.

Rifts inside her center-right cabinet over the merit of rivalling renewables energies and a local election potentially threatening her party’s leadership of a key state have delayed steps to free the 17 reactors from closure in the coming decade.

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Power fears as nuclear output cut

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

MORE than half of Britain's nuclear power stations are either closed or working at reduced capacity, it emerged yesterday, prompting fears of power shortages next month.

Six of the UK's ten nuclear stations are not operating at full capacity. Three are completely closed, one is operating at half capacity and two have been reduced to 70 per cent because of safety fears.

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During 1991 refueling outage the two pressurizer valves of the Stade NPP have been replaced with valves of a new design qualified for feed and bleed. Going back to power operation on June 5, 1991 minor leakage of coolant to pressurizer relief tank has been observed. The leakage was caused by seat leakage of 5 out of 6 pilot valves of the pressurizer safety valves. The licensing authority allowed power operation to continue unless the limit of leakage specified in the operation manual would be exceeded.

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