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German technology giant Siemens involved in construction of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant

Finally, the director of NPP Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu has officially confirmed that Germany’s Siemens Corporation is involved in the construction of this nuclear power plant. Not only Russian components are used for the construction of the two VVER nuclear reactors but also components of western manufacturers like Siemens Germany. According to India’s daily “The Hindu” this statement was given by R.S. Sudar, Site Director of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Mr. Sudar rejects charges by anti-nuclear activists that the Russian components are of inferior quality. Information about Siemens’ involvement is only given on the side.

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Solidaritätsadresse / Address of solidarity with Kundankulam

Solidaritätsadresse mit dem Widerstand gegen das Atomkraftwerk Kundakulam, Indien. Vorgetragen auf der Fahrrad-Demonstration am 29.9.2012 (mehr…)

Resistance against nuclear power plants in India

Speech at the International anti-nuclear vigil at the Frankfurt Airport Germany, April 28th 2012

On 28 Feb Rainer Hermann Sonntag was landing here. He came with Lufthansa from Chennai in India. He did not return from a business trip. He did not come voluntarily. He had been deported from India to Frankfurt. Quite a rare event, normally deportations are from Frankfurt. Mr. Sonntag had quitted his job as software engineer to live of savings. In India his daily budget of 10 Dollar was sufficient. He was living there so to speak as an “economic refugee.“

Mr. Sonntag had been arrested the night before his deportation in a low-budget hotel near Kudankulam and was brought to Chennai. In Kudankulam, on the southern tip of India, two nuclear power plants are supposed to be put into operation. They where built by the Russian company Rosatom. Nuclear power plants of the same construction type have also been built in Temelin, in the Czech Republic.

Last year in September, the putting into service of the nuclear power plant in Kudankulam has been interrupted. Allegedly Mr. Sonntag is to blame for this. The Indian media accuse him of pulling the strings and financing the massive opposition against the nuclear plant. They claim that the locals have been bribed by foreign countries. People engage in the allegedly lucrative resistance, holding hunger strikes and blocking the access road instead of working. The western countries are accused of fostering the protests in order to hinder progress and development in India. The evil and alien was given a face, the face of Mr. Sonntag.

The operating company claims that the nuclear plant in Kudankulam is the safest in the world – earthquakes and Tsunamis cannot affect it. But the people know, what a Tsunami is. Some thousand people are living in evacuation shelters in sight distance of the nuclear power plant – since the Tsunami of 2004.

In mid-March the works have continued in the nuclear power plant. Since then the region around Kudankulam is under emergency rule. Police and paramilitary forces are harassing the population, activists are threatened with life imprisonment. They are being accused of violent upheaval against the state and terrorism. But the resistance movement acts deliberately non-violent, in the spirit of Mahatma Ghandi.

Kudankulam is on of six new nuclear sites in India. All of the six are planned to host enormous nuclear power plants with several reactors – like in Fukushima. It is planned to quadruple the production of nuclear energy by 2020.

The french corporate group Areva plans to build a nuclear plant in Jaitapur, south of Mumbai – again: the world safest: EPRs like in Olkiluoto in Finland. Jaitapur is a earthquake-prone area. People there do not want the Areva nuclear plants. A year ago, on April 18, police shot Tabrey Soyeker, a local fisherman, at a anti-nuclear demonstration.

Areva is still negotiating the contract. According to international standards the operator of the plant is liable, never the manufacturer – no matter what crap he has delivered. However, according to indian law the operator could hold the manufacturer liable, up to 300 Mio Dollar. Areva finds this to risky – for the world-safest nuclear power plant.

For Jaitapur a so-called Hermes debt guarantee (German government) has been requested, supposedly for securing employment. The German trade union IG Metall sees 1.000 jobs being at risk, should there not be a follow-up project for Olkiluoto. Jaitapur could become this follow-up project.

More than 5.000 people are working for Areva in Germany, for nuclear energy, for devastation, disease and dead.

We appeal to the colleagues at Areva Offenbach, Karlstein and elsewhere:
“Deboard! Take responsibility for your actions!” A crime remains a crime, also when it has been ordered by the superior.

Decommission nuclear money makers – in Frankfurt and
worldwide!

The speech (German and English) on Youtube