For years, almost everyone agreed that the Netherlands had to get rid of nuclear energy. The only nuclear power plant we still have, in Borssele, is expected to close in 2033. The government now wishes that it will remain open longer and that two new nuclear power stations will also be added. The problem is that in the Netherlands we no longer know how to build and maintain it.
Carlo Wolters, director of the nuclear power plant in Borssele, tells in podcast De Dag what the turnaround in nuclear energy policy means for him and what is needed to build two new power plants in the foreseeable future.
Professor of nuclear reactor physics at TU Delft Jan Leen Kloosterman explains how too few experts have been trained in the Netherlands in recent decades to open two new nuclear power stations. “Probably 1200 people with nuclear knowledge are needed to operate and test the power stations safely. They are not there now.”
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