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Old November 8th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #17021
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No-one is missing following the explosion at a power plant in Nijmegen on Thursday morning, according to a police update.

Broadcaster RTL said earlier there were five to seven people in the plant at the time of the blast and police said ‘several’ were missing. But police said later all workers are accounted for, according to news agency ANP.

Locals report hearing a very loud bang at around 07.00 hours this morning followed by a loud hissing sound. According to a spokesman for Electrabel, there was an explosion in one of the boilers, which blasted a hole in the side, releasing steam.

It is not clear if there are any dangerous elements in the steam, RTL said.

Emergency services

The area around the plant has been closed off and the emergency services are at the scene. Smoke and steam are still emerging from the building and several windows have been broken.

Locals have been told to close their windows and doors and traffic in Nijmegen has ground to a halt, RTL said.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 04:23 PM   #17022
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What kind of a power plant?
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Old November 8th, 2012, 05:57 PM   #17023
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So now, parts of the East Coast have had snow. Six inches (15 cm) at my mother's, who still doesn't have the power back on.

http://www.weather.com/news/weather-...21105?pageno=2
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Old November 8th, 2012, 06:31 PM   #17024
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What kind of a power plant?
as far as i can find, in Nijmegen there is thermal (coal/biomass) plant.
i thought of nuclear first, but there is only one nuclear reactor in the Netherlands with quite weak output actually. that surprised me a lot, i thought there were much more nukes in NL.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 06:39 PM   #17025
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Most Dutch electricity is generated by coal and gas-fired power plants. Nuclear power is just a few percent.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 06:41 PM   #17026
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There is one nuclear plant in NL for electricity purposes, the one in Borssele, near Vlissingen. The other one is to create isotopes for medical purposes in Petten, Noord Holland (about 50 kms north of Amsterdam). We do have an old nuclear power plant near Nijmegen, in Dodewaard, it was put out of function in 1997.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodewaa...ar_power_plant
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Old November 8th, 2012, 06:46 PM   #17027
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put out of function
decommissioned

There is also a research reactor at Delft. The output is only a few MW.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #17028
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Thanks Chris
Couldn't find the right word
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Old November 8th, 2012, 07:59 PM   #17029
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There is one nuclear plant in NL for electricity purposes, the one in Borssele, near Vlissingen. The other one is to create isotopes for medical purposes in Petten, Noord Holland (about 50 kms north of Amsterdam). We do have an old nuclear power plant near Nijmegen, in Dodewaard, it was put out of function in 1997.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodewaa...ar_power_plant
i know, i've read it. but Borselle also doesn't have some large output power for a power plant.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 10:05 PM   #17030
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Old November 8th, 2012, 10:30 PM   #17031
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Old November 9th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #17032
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Hello,

any idea about where THIS PICTURE could have been shot?
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Old November 9th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #17033
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Looks like Monschau.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 10:30 AM   #17034
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It's surely not Monschau.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 11:12 AM   #17035
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It appears to be a relatively small town, considering that viaduct or road is fairly close to the historic castle or monastery. The buildings look German, but those are also found in far eastern France. I think we can rule out northern Germany, but it also doesn't appears to be in the Alps. It's interesting though, that no church tower is visible, so it may not be a city center at all.

The road is likely either a river/railroad bridge or along a steep hill.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 10:47 PM   #17036
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Guys (& gals if some are reading)... I need advice for a destination for a 3-4-5 days trip in the beginning of January... Some place with mild climate as it is in the middle of winter, and enough thing for a tourist to visit and see. Also a place with an international airport, as I want to go together with my wife and 1.5 yo daughter which means many hours of travelling by car isn't a good option.
Have you been to Istanbul?
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Old November 11th, 2012, 12:38 AM   #17037
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Suburbanist showed me the new "car sleep train" from Den Bosch, NL to Koper, Slovenia. You load your car onto a train and get expressed to Koper.

Their slogan is "cheaper than you expect!".

http://www.autoslaaptrein.nl/tarieven/koper

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Den Bosch - Koper:
* auto: € 329
* bedroom: € 477

Koper - Den Bosch
* auto: € 269
* bedroom: € 348

booking fee: € 25
optional insurance: € 60 - 90

total: € 1.540

Cheaper than you expected?
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Old November 11th, 2012, 01:33 AM   #17038
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autoslaaptrein? dutch is like a weird english dialect. now I get how 'sleep' went to 'schlafen'.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 01:59 AM   #17039
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Long-distance car trains are always so expensive that I don't know how anyone sane can choose this option.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 02:42 AM   #17040
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Long-distance car trains are always so expensive that I don't know how anyone sane can choose this option.
In fact, except shuttle services on Swiss and Austrian tunnels when passes are closed, car trains are a "niche" service, for those who want to have their car at destination without driving long distances. I don't thing flying + renting a car for a week or more is cheaper.
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