Politicians OK wind power on Swedish island; nuclear plant in Finland would use Russian fuel

Radio Sweden and YLE News

Wind power may expand on Öland as politicians on the Baltic Sea island have voted in favor of six new plants, local media report.

Wind power is a hotly debated and contentious issue on Öland, with critics saying the new plants would threaten the world heritage status of the island.

The proposal to expand wind power has been appealed several times and could be appealed again.

“It would really surprise me if the proposal is not appealed this time, too,” local government commissioner Henrik Yngvesson told Swedish Television.

Öland is Sweden’s second largest island. The agriculture landscape of southern Öland is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Finnish nuclear power plant would use Russian fuel

A nuclear power plant slated to be built on Finland’s west coast would source its fuel from Russia, the contractor says.

The value of a 10-year deal to fuel the planned Fennovoima plant would be $612 million, according to a statement published on Monday by TVEL. It is a subsidiary of the Russian state-owned nuclear company Rosatom.

Fennovoima, a consortium of Finnish utilities and industrial manufacturers, last year signed a deal with Rosatom to build the nation’s third nuclear power plant. The decision was seen as a cost-cutting move after the project’s main backer, the German utility E.ON, pulled out of the deal.

TVEL says it will mine the uranium itself and process it into nuclear fuel. The company also has a nuclear waste processing facility in Siberia. However under Finnish law, all nuclear waste must be disposed of within the country. Fennovoima has yet to explain how it plans to meet this requirement. The owners of a waste disposal facility under construction further down the coast at Eurajoki say it will not have enough space for Fennovoima’s waste.

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