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Vattenfall Starts Testing at German Boxberg Lignite Power Plant

Vattenfall AB started testing yesterday at its 675-megawatt Boxberg R lignite-fed power plant in eastern Germany.

“We will start commercial operations at the beginning of next year,” Thoralf Schirmer, a company spokesman, said today by phone from Cottbus, Germany.

The plant cost 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) and took 5 1/2 years to build, Schirmer said.

Power stations usually have a period of testing before commercial operations.

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