(Updates with background, details)
PARIS Nov 30 German utility RWE (RWEG.DE) on
Friday said the 1,300-megawatts Biblis B reactor was in the
process of restarting after a year-long outage.
"We expect the Biblis B reactor to be online in the next
days," an RWE spokesman said.
The outage started on Oct. 16, 2006.
The plant stayed shut as equipment holding cooling pipes at
the 1,300 MW block and its neighbouring block A of 1,225 MW
capacity which closed on Sept. 15, 2006, needed updating.
RWE said the swapping programme had been completed and
safety authorities approved the reopening.
The components had been found not to be strong enough to
cope with earthquakes or fractured pipes.
Traders in the wholesale power market had factored in the
restart by year-end. The outage cost RWE hundreds of million of
Block A is scheduled to return on Dec 13-15, according to
the RWE website.
(Reporting by Tom Kaeckenhoff; writing by Muriel Boselli)