Talks of expanding investment in Nuclear power stirs up quarrel within the Swedish government


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Friday, 08 July 2011
Vattenfall, the Swedish state owned Energy Company made a statement yesterday that they want to increase investments in nuclear energy. This will means that the company will build new nuclear power stations for Skr50 billion. This has stirred up a brawl within the Swedish government.

This could be what the Centre party’s out going leader, Maud Olofsson said yesterday that there is no need for a fight within the government parties. She also believes that the decision to build more nuclear power stations conflicts with ownership directives which the company is supposed to follow.

Press reports yesterday suggest that Vattenfall CEO, �ystein L�seth has said that the company wanted to carry out an expansion of nuclear power which they had hopped will take place up to the 2020.


Liberal Party leader, Jan Bj�rklund, was very pleased about the news, but the Centre Party did not take the news well. Environment minister, Andreas Carlgren's opinion is that the whole of Swedish energy supply should be renewable by 2050. Party leader, Maud Olofsson, had said that an expansion in nuclear energy will conflict with the owner directives, which is the Swedish government or the Swedish people. The directive spelt out that there would no more expansion of Swedish nuclear energy

"Vattenfall has to follow the owner's directive, we have set ourselves. And they should take the lead in the green shift, "she to the Swedish business daily Dagens industri.

According to the centre party which has to deal with Swedish industrial and energy questions, should Vattenfall invest the Skr50 billion, which according to �ystein L�seth is the cost of building new nuclear power stations in renewable energy, the company would not violate the ownership directives. So the question the party is asking is why the company is not doing that. The Centre Party now wants to have a direct discussion with Vattenfall on the issue.
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