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German delegation: Fourth Nuclear Power Plant could be turned into theme park
核四何去何從? 德國經驗:改蓋主題樂園

A climbing wall on the side of the former cooling tower at Wunderland Kalkar amusement park in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A German nuclear industry delegation last month visited Taiwan to exchange ideas and share Germany’s experience of decommissioning redundant nuclear power plants. The delegation highlighted the fact that Germany previously built a nuclear power plant — which, as with Taiwan’s Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, was never put into use — but then successfully converted it into a theme park.

After construction of Taiwan’s Fourth Nuclear Power Plant was completed, the plant was equipped with nuclear fuel, although this fuel was neither used nor even loaded into the nuclear reactors. The plant has since been mothballed, and its operator, Taiwan Power Co, will be shipping the plant’s uranium fuel rods to the US for processing in a series of eight batches over the next three years, with the final batch expected to be shipped by the end of 2020.

Germany’s Baden-Wurttemberg International and the German Trade Office Taipei put together the delegation, inviting six German companies and research organizations to travel to Taiwan to share their experiences of decommissioning nuclear power plants, together with the solutions they employed, holding an interview forum last month.

According to the former head of Germany’s Nuclear Energy Supervision and Radiation Protection Department, Oskar Grozinger, Germany’s Kalkar nuclear power plant is similar to Taiwan’s Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, and was never taken online. The plant was eventually bought up by an amusement park company and turned into a theme park, with facilities including a spa. Grozinger says the park is suitable for families, children and adults of all ages, adding there are absolutely no safety concerns.

Regarding the long-term storage of nuclear waste material, Grozinger says that in Germany, a large amount of time is spent communicating with the public and other stakeholders. All the necessary information is provided so that the public is kept sufficiently informed and involved and this allows the public to understand the safety of nuclear waste storage sites, says Grozinger.

Executive Director of the German Trade Office Taipei, Axel Limberg, says the job of nuclear decommissioning is extremely complex and safety is the number one priority. Limberg said there is no one correct method of decommissioning; instead, each country has to make its own decisions. German companies and government departments stand ready to bring their experience of decommissioning to Taiwan to assist in the development of decommissioning methods suitable to local conditions, said Limberg.

(CNA, translated by Edward Jones)




前任德國核設施審批監管司長Oskar Grozinger表示,位在德國卡爾卡鎮的核電廠類似核四廠的情況一樣,蓋好後就從未使用過,後來被一間娛樂公司收購買下,原址變成主題樂園,有SPA等設施,非常適合全家大小前往,而且很安全。





From nuclear power plant to family amusement park

SNR-300, also known as Kalkar nuclear power station, was a sodium-cooled nuclear reactor located near to the town of Kalkar, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Construction work commenced in April 1973, but work was paused following the partial meltdown of the US’ Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979, which led to a lengthy re-design of the plant’s safety measures.

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