Scrapping A Nuclear Power Plant

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Over the next few years many of Germany's nuclear power plants are likely to resemble the Mulheim-Karlich station. This reactor was in commercial operation for just 13 months, before being taken offline due to problems with the facility's building permit. Now it is finally being dismantled. Because many of the parts are nearly as good as new, an Egyptian utilities company is buying up components from the turbine hall for use in a gas-fired power station. The purchasers are especially eager to have the 30 year old, 450 ton generator. The demolition schedule is tight, and recovering the giant generator from the turbine hall has proved to be a risky enterprise.

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