Vattenfall Sacks German Nuclear Energy Head After Problems | Business | Deutsche Welle | 16.07.2007
Vattenfall Sacks German Nuclear Energy Head After Problems
The fire at KrÃ¼mmel nuclear power plant was followed by several other problems
GroÃŸansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: The fire at KrÃ¼mmel nuclear power plant was followed by several other problems
The head of Vattenfall Europe’s nuclear energy division was fired Monday following a string of problems in two of the company’s German nuclear energy plants.
Vattenfall officials said that Bruno Thomauske, who headed Vattenfall Europe Nuclear Energy (VENE), has been relieved of his duties. Thomauske had faced criticism that he was too secretive about a fire that broke out in the KrÃ¼mmel nuclear power plant in June.
Johannes Altmeppen, the head of public relations at Vattenfall Europe, has resigned.
Bruno ThomauskeBildunterschrift: GroÃŸansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Bruno Thomauske
Gradual disclosures since June 28, when the company’s reactors at KrÃ¼mmel and BrunsbÃ¼ttel near Hamburg both had to shut down, have revealed that staff at KrÃ¼mmel were in crisis as a fire raged in a transformer.
Though neither reactor was damaged and no radioactivity was released, the disclosures have embarrassed Vattenfall.
The Swedish company’s Vattenfall Europe subsidiary is one of Germany’s four biggest utilities, operating main city grids and numerous fossil and nuclear-powered generating stations.
The company said the removal of Thomauske from his duties took place “in close cooperation with the Swedish parent” and said it would commission an inquiry by scientists and business experts into what had happened.