Dodewaard (Netherlands)

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55 MW BWR, operation started in 1968; shutdown 1996

Facilities in Dodewaard

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Plant closure ushers in end of Dutch nuclear era:
The Netherlands closed one of its two NPP on Wednesday, ushering in the end of its nuclear era.
Exactly 28 years ago, when a bright future was seen for NP, the small, experimental plant was opened.
But the tide of Dutch public opinion turned against atomic energy after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, forcing the government to shelve plans to build five new plants.
Announcing the closure on Wednesday the association of electricity generation companies (WEP) said it was clear there was no political support for NP in the Netherlands.
Instead the country plans to meet its electricity needs by making greater use of gas, the Netherlands´ only abundant natural resource.
The Dodewaard plant, not far from the city of Nijmwegen and some 30 km from the German border, was built to gain experience with nuclear technology.
A larger, commercial plant was built at Borssele in the south in 1973 and like Dodewaard it became the scene of pitched battles between police and anti-nuclear protesters in the 1970s.
But the Borssele plant's days are also numbered. It is scheduled to close in 2004.


date ? crack found in the coolant purification safe-end, which is located beneath the core.(due to ISCC). Dutchs developed a new method for safe shutoff of a PRZ nozzle and installed a new support structure around the nozzle.