STOCKHOLM Nov 12 Swedish utility group
Vattenfall [VATN.UL] said on Monday it will create a new
executive post to keep tabs on its nuclear power activities
after criticism over operations at plants in Sweden and Germany.
The new post is the result of an internal report into a
series of incidents at the company's Swedish nuclear plants,
starting with an emergency shut-down at the Forsmark plant in
In addition to the post of Chief Nuclear Officer, which the
firm said had yet to be filled, Vattenfall said it will also set
up a Group Nuclear Security Council.
"As a consequence of what happened at Forsmark last year,
Vattenfall's Board of Directors has made nuclear safety issues
its top priority in 2007," Vattenfall Chairman Dag Klackenberg
said in a statement.
In July 2006, a short-circuit triggered the shutdown of one
of the three reactors at Forsmark -- owned by Vattenfall,
Mellansvensk Kraftgrupp and Germany's E.ON EONG.DE. Other
reactors were also shut down to check the same problem could not
A leaking seal and a fire at another Swedish plant added to
concerns over safety.
Problems were not confined to Sweden.
In Germany, Vattenfall's Kruemmel and Brunsbuettel plants
remain off line after a fire in a transformer substation at
Kruemmel this year and a short circuit at Brunsbuettel.
German authorities threatened to withdraw Vattenfall's
operating licence for the two plants after the incidents.
Vattenfall VTTG.DE owns half of Kruemmel and two-thirds of
Brunsbuettel. E.ON holds the remaining stakes.
Vattenfall's Chief Executive, Lars Josefsson, said he agreed
with the report's recommendation that Vattenfall's safety
culture needed reinforcing, and said the company would now
"start work to restore a position as global benchmark for
(Reporting by Simon Johnson)