Journalists were invited Apr. 8 to visit West Germany's first uranium plant near Birkenfled, 25 miles east of Trier.
LV Open cast nine.
CU Men handle drill.
CU Drill revolving.
LV Earth moved by explosion.
CU Loose earth scooped.
SV Earth dumped into truck.
LV Laden truck moving off.
GV Uranium plant.
CV Official places testing instrument into earth from mine.
CU Instrument dial.
CV Official withdraws instruments and studies.
GV PAN.. INTERIOR of plant.
SV Another section with surplus liquid dripping.
CU Ore 'mud' stirred.. 2 shots.
MV Workman checks sample.
CU Another workman turns valve.
GTV Section of plant.
CU Ore 'sludge'.
STV Section of plant.
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Background: 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.