10 Mar (NucNet): Swiss utility Alpiq has established a decommissioning company for the post-operation and dismantling of nuclear installations, as well as for radiation protection and decontamination, a statement said.
With Switzerland due to shut down its commercial nuclear reactors and prevent the building of new ones, Swiss Decommissioning AG, with headquarters in Olten, west of Zurich, is being established to “seize new opportunities” in the power plant business, the statement said.
After the Fukushima-Daiichi accident in March 2011, the Swiss federal government and parliament voted to ban new reactors and to close the country’s existing five units at the end of their useful lifetimes.
Alpiq owns stakes in the Leibstadt and Gösgen nuclear stations, which are expected to close in around 2034 and 2029 respectively.
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