Businessman making fun park from nuclear plant

Businessman making fun park from nuclear plant

Hennie van de Most, a Dutch businessman, purchased an unused nuclear power station near the German town of Kalkar and is preparing to transform the site into a fun park. Van de Most already owns three parks in the Netherlands on sites that were originally textile and starch factories.

Purchase price has not been disclosed, but van de Most said he plans to spend (US)$29 to $43 million constructing hotels, a water-toboggan ride, roller coasters, carrousels, movie houses, a bowling alley and a game park. Transformation work on the buildings, which are spread over 43 acres, is to begin in April and to take five to seven years.

Construction of the Kalkar nuclear generator began in 1974 and was completed 13 years later at a cost of (US)$5 billion. But local government, fearing a backlash from the increasingly anti-nuclear population, put the power station in mothballs without ever using it

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