Swedish state utility to sue German government over nuclear

Angela Merkel’s German government is to face a lawsuit filed by Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall at Angela Merkel the Washington-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes next week.

World Nuclear News reports that Vattenfall is suing for a reported €4.7bn ($6bn) in damages as a result of the enforced closure of Brunsbüttel & Krümmel nuclear power plants ordered by the German government as part of a decision to phase out nuclear power in 2011. However a spokesperson refused to confirm the extent of damages applied for by the company.

The proceedings of the case will be streamed on the following link. The hearing commences on Monday and will end on Friday 21 October.”

Following the Fukushima accident in March 2011, the government announced the withdrawal of the operating licences of eight German nuclear power plants, which included the Brunsbüttel and Krümmel units.

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