Sydkraft to appeal again over N-plant closure

Swedish power firm chases the clock to avert "irreparable damage" from forced shutdown

Sweden's Sydkraft is to appeal against a court ruling made on Friday confirming that it must close down one of two nuclear reactors at its Barseb├Ąck power plant by 30 November, while a European Commission ruling on the case is still pending. Stockholm city court turned down Sydkraft's application for a temporary stay of the closure order, the first in a planned national nuclear phase-out programme, to be granted until the Commission rules on whether the government has breached competition rules (ENDS Daily 7 October). "If we shut down and are subsequently found to be in the right, Sydkraft runs the risk of suffering irreparable damage," the firm's chief executive Lars Frithiof said. The case will now go to Stockholm's higher court, and the company says if it is still unsuccessful, it will proceed to the supreme court. Sydkraft maintains that the government's involvement in the power sector, through the Vattenfall company, means it gains unfairly through the Barseb├Ąck closure. It says the court should have sought an opinion from the European Court of Justice before it made a previous judgement that the terms of the closure order were legal in June (ENDS Daily 7 July 1999).

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