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N-Power Provides ‘Majority Of Germany’s 24-Hour Energy Supply’

Climate-friendly nuclear power provides nearly half of Germany’s round-the-clock baseload electricity supply and remains an “outstanding option” for the country’s future energy mix, according to the head of the German Nuclear Society (KTG).

In a statement issued on 16 January 2006 KTG president Ralf Gueldner said: “Nuclear energy is economical, dependable and climate friendly and is therefore also, for the future energy mix, an outstanding economic and technological option for Germany.”

Dr Gueldner’s comments follow renewed debate in Germany about the role of nuclear power in advance of a national energy summit which Chancellor Angela Merkel has said will be held early in 2006.

The KTG said it was important to point out that, “based on current understanding and the expected demand for development”; worldwide supplies of uranium were enough for at least 200 years. Dr Gueldner said increases in the price of uranium were not a valid argument to use against nuclear power. He said the price of uranium was “no more than 5%” of production costs, compared to the price of fossil fuels which had a high share of production costs.

In addition, said Dr Gueldner, uranium is available worldwide from “politically-stable countries” such as Canada and Australia and easily transported.

In a related development, Germany’s federal environment ministry (BMU) has clarified the circumstances under which lifetime production rights may be transferred between the country’s nuclear power plants.

The BMU confirmed on 16 January that Germany’s atomic energy law allowed the transfer of lifetime production rights from older nuclear power plants to newer ones. In addition, the BMU said lifetime production rights could be transferred from newer nuclear plants to older ones in “exceptional” circumstances.

Zdroj: NucNet

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