Nuclear reactors at Kjeller and Halden will be shut down temporarily, and 127 employees at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) laid off.
The reason is financial problems. The oil crisis has led to the failure of the number of missions for the institute while the company is struggling for the nuclear power demand in the world as a result of increasing the market for renewable energy, according to Teknisk Ukeblad.
Halden reactor closed in week 41 and Jeep II reactor at Kjeller will be closed in December.
Among the 127 laid-off employees 72 are from Halden and 55 are from the Kjeller. 29 people laid off 100 percent while 98 people laid off 50 percent, said IFE CEO Nils Morten Huseby.
He assures that the layoff and closure should not affect safety.
IFE has a total of about 650 employees in about 600 FTEs.
Bellona Foundation believes this is a dramatic news and says it is important that the state gets involved as soon as possible.
– The expertise that is now laid off, is essential to finish work on the reactors safely and to secure nuclear waste, says Bellona’s nuclear physicist Nils Bøhmer.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today