Sweden sets new Barsebäck closure date

Second reactor to shut "before 2003," if replacement power from renewables available

The Swedish government yesterday approved a new deadline of the end of 2002 for closing a second atomic reactor under the country's nuclear phase-out programme. A previous plan to switch off the Barsebäck 2 reactor next July was abandoned this summer after the government admitted that a requirement for lost power to be made up through new renewable energy capacity would not be met in time (ENDS Daily 17 August).

According to government sources, the new aim is to shut the reactor "before 2003". There is no indication of how long before this is thought likely. Sources told ENDS Daily that the timetable would be reviewed again next year. The proposal must now be debated in parliament.

As with the previous closure target, the new one requires that the 4 terawatt hours of electricity currently produced annually by Barsebäck be replaced with renewably generated power. Once the plant has been shut down, the government says it will review energy prices and environmental impacts again.

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