Lithuanian, Swedish nuclear closures confirmed

The Lithuanian government announced on Wednesday that it will shut one of two reactors at the Soviet-era Ignalina nuclear power station by 31 December. It had closure by 2005 as part of its accession agreement with the EU (EED 10/09/99), but the timetable had recently been in doubt, according to media reports this week. Meanwhile, the Swedish government has set 31 May next year as a preliminary deadline for shutting the second and final reactor at the Barsebäck nuclear power station. This follows a decision last month to force closure next year (EED 05/10/04).

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