• Short Summary

    Journalists were invited Apr. 8 to visit West Germany's first uranium plant near Birkenfled, 25 miles east of Trier.

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    Journalists were invited Apr. 8 to visit West Germany's first uranium plant near Birkenfled, 25 miles east of Trier.

    Covering an area of about 5 acres, the pilot plant is equipped with Krupp and Brown installations and run by a staff of 60.

    Uranium ore from local open-cast mines is converted at the plant into atomic reactor fuel. Since raw material must contain at least one kilogram potential reactor fuel per ton for production to be economical, Birkenfeld is fortunate in having deposits yielding between 2 and 4 kilograms per ton.

    Present output of the Birkenfeld plant is nearly 40 tons of reactor fuel a day - worth about GBP200,000. Capacity is to be increased to 200 tons a day. Later this spring, Bundeswehr helicopters are expected to probe the area for further exploitable uranium deposits.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA454HD2KV4VSE5XD0X8W2G33TF
    Media URN:
    VLVA454HD2KV4VSE5XD0X8W2G33TF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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