A spokesman for Sweden’s nuclear power regulator Stralsakerhetsmyndigheten, known as SSM, said the agency had stopped processing plans for new nuclear power plants in the country to comply with statements from the new minority-run government, which took over after September’s elections.
Barsebacksverket NPP in SwedenState-run utility company Vattenfall also said it was putting plans for new nuclear power plants on hold.
Elections in September did not produce a clear winner, which allowed for a coalition of Social Democrats and Greens to form a new government. One goal of the new government is to phase out nuclear power in Sweden.
It may take years for Sweden to reach a formal energy policy it can commit to, but for now the measurable impact is derailment of a nuclear plant project for Ringhals, Sweden, that has been under review since its application was received in 2012.
Sveriges Radio reported that about 40 employees at Vattenfall, who had been working on the Ringhals plant, had been reassigned to other tasks.