Swedish nuclear closure plan "on track"

Government confident of meeting conditions for shutting Barsebäck II reactor by end of 2003

Sweden remains on track to close a second reactor at the Barsebäck nuclear power station within two years under the country's nuclear phase-out programme, the government said yesterday. The deadline was set last year after it emerged that conditions for the closure set in 1997 would not be met by the original target date of 2001 (EED 17/08/00).

In its latest progress report to parliament, the government says the conditions are still not fulfilled, but that they should be by the end of 2003. In particular, it says, growth of new renewable energy capacity, which is supposed to replace half of Barsebäck II's 3.54 terrawatt hours electrical output, is on schedule.

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