German environment minister Sigmar Gabriel has reportedly not made a decision on an alternative scheme from RWE to transfer capacity from its newest reactor, at Emsland, to Biblis A

In September, RWE filed its petition to transfer some 30 TWh of capacity in the hope that it could continue to operate Biblis A until 2011, three years beyond its current decommissioning date of 2008.

Speculation is growing that a flat rejection by Gabriel may lead RWE to pursue its objectives through the courts.

Vattenfall also recently applied for a transfer of 15 TWh from Mülheim-Kärlich to the Brunsbüttel (KKB) plant at which E.ON has a share of one third. The plan would allow the plant to operate for a further two years to 2011.

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