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Swiss operators count cost of decommissioning reform

Swiss operators count cost of decommissioning reform

The operators of Switzerland's nuclear power plants have criticised a reform of regulations for decommissioning and waste disposal funds, which they say will disproportionately increase their costs and thus reduce their ability to invest in the country’s energy sector. The reform, which takes effect on 1 January, includes a reduced yield from the two funds and also removes a 30% safety margin.

Waste & Recycling 08 November 2019


Switzerland commits to 2050 climate target

Switzerland commits to 2050 climate target

The Swiss government has announced it will cut its greenhouse gas emissions to a net-zero level by 2050. According to Swiss government statistics, about 60% of Switzerland's electricity generation comes from renewable sources, most of it from hydro (56.6%). Nuclear contributes about 37.6% and about 2.5% comes from fossil fuels.

Energy & Environment 30 August 2019


Gösgen-Däniken awards safety system upgrade contract

Gösgen-Däniken awards safety system upgrade contract

Framatome has been awarded a contract by Kernkraftwerk Gösgen-Däniken to modernise the reactor protection system at the Gösgen nuclear power plant in Switzerland.

Corporate 26 April 2019


EDF to sell its stake in Alpiq

EDF to sell its stake in Alpiq

EDF has agreed to sell its stake in Swiss nuclear utility Alpiq to the company's other major shareholders, who intend to take it private. The price for EDF's 25.04% share is CHF489 million (USD489.2 million).

Corporate 09 April 2019


Swiss repository site search moves to final stage

Swiss repository site search moves to final stage

Investigations in the three potential siting regions of Jura Ost, Nördlich Lägern and Zürich Nordost will continue in the third and final stage of Switzerland's search for sites to host two geological repositories, the Federal Council has decided.

Waste & Recycling 23 November 2018


IEA warns of challenges from Swiss nuclear phase-out

IEA warns of challenges from Swiss nuclear phase-out

Switzerland's phased withdrawal from nuclear power presents challenges for maintaining its electricity security, the International Energy Agency says in a report it published yesterday.

Nuclear Policies 09 October 2018


First permits issued for Swiss exploratory boreholes

First permits issued for Swiss exploratory boreholes

Switzerland's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra has been granted permits for carrying out the first three exploratory boreholes in its search for potential sites to host two geological repositories.

Waste & Recycling 21 August 2018


Approval for decommissioning of Swiss reactor

Approval for decommissioning of Swiss reactor

Swiss utility BKW has been issued with a decommissioning order for the Mühleberg nuclear power plant, which is scheduled to permanently shut down at the end of 2019. 

Waste & Recycling 22 June 2018


Swiss regulator approves Beznau 1 restart

Swiss regulator approves Beznau 1 restart

Beznau 1 - 48Swiss utility Axpo has received regulatory approval to bring unit 1 of the Beznau nuclear power plant (KKB) back into service this month after evidence it submitted last December proved aluminium oxide inclusions in the reactor pressure vessel do not affect the unit's safety.

Regulation & Safety 06 March 2018


Quality assurance issues affect French and Swiss plants

Quality assurance issues affect French and Swiss plants

Leibstadt_(KKL)-48A small number of fuel rods supplied to reactors in France and Switzerland have been affected by quality control issues. EDF Group said today that Areva had notified it of quality control deviations on certain rods, which meant the supplier was unable to demonstrate that quality control to substantiate that the leak tightness of those rods had been properly performed.

Regulation & Safety 21 November 2017