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Vattenfall: new Swedish nuclear plant ‘years away’

Published: 4 Oct 12

The claims from Vattenfall comes two days after environmental advocacy group Greenpeace issued a report arguing that safety at Sweden’s nuclear power plants is so bad that all the facilities should be taken offline, citing a number of safety incidents in recent years.


Power group Vattenfall believes it will take several years before a decision can be made to build another Swedish nuclear reactor, the head of its nuclear operations told a newspaper on Thursday.



However, a decision on the matter could take up to ten years, he added.

Building a reactor would cost around 60 billion kronor ($9 billion). 

“It’s a huge project where the economic and political circumstances both have to be right,” he said.


The Swedish parliament voted in June 2010 to authorize the replacement of thecountry’s nuclear reactors.

Two years later, Vattenfall asked the Swedish regulator to evaluate the conditions for replacing the group’s seven reactors, which will begin to shutter in the second half of the 2020s.

Vattenfall operates two out of three nuclear power plants in Sweden, where atomic power accounts for 35 percent of all electricity production.



October 4, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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