Sweden plans new law for construction of several nuclear power plants

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Created: 01/11/2023 12:48 p.m


Ulf Kristersson wants to use nuclear energy to guarantee Sweden enough electricity © IMAGO/Henrik Montgomery

In the energy crisis, Sweden is increasingly relying on its own electricity production in the form of nuclear power. The government wants to allow the construction of new plants at more than the previously permitted locations.

Stockholm – To this end, she wants to submit a corresponding legislative proposal to the Swedish Reichstag, which is intended to remove previous legal hurdles, as Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson announced at a press conference in Stockholm on Wednesday. There is an urgent need for a sharp increase in electricity production in Sweden. There is a good reason why electricity is currently being saved, but in the long term much more of it will be needed, for example for the electrification of industry and transport.

Legally, environmental laws have so far stipulated that a maximum of ten nuclear reactors may be in operation in Sweden at the same time and that no new reactors may be built outside the previous sites of Forsmark, Oskarshamn and Ringhals.

Kristersson’s conservative-liberal government now wants to repeal both. This creates the opportunity to build new nuclear power plants across the country, Environment and Climate Minister Romina Pourmokhtari said. They also want to enable smaller reactors to be built. The aim is for the change in the law to come into force in March 2024. (dpa)

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