ZURICH, March 14 Swiss Energy Minister Doris
Leuthard has suspended the approvals process for three nuclear
power stations so safety standards can be revisted after the
crisis in Japan.
"Safety is our first priority," Leuthard said in a statement
Switzerland's five existing nuclear reactors generate about
40 percent of the country's electricity but some will have to be
retired in coming years. Decisions on sites for new plants had
expected to be made in mid-2012.
The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI has been
requested to do safety checks at the existing plants, the Swiss
department of the environment, transport, energy and
communications said in the statement.
Swiss utility companies Axpo, Alpiq (ALPH.S) and BKW
BKWN.S said in December they would club together in their
plans to build two new nuclear power to replace existing
(Reporting by Katie Reid)