Incorrect information regarding Statkraft and thorium

06.10.2008 08:00 | pressrelease

On the morning news on Monday, 6 October, NRK Dagsnytt gave the impression that Statkraft has an agenda for building of thorium power plants in Norway, and that the group is actively lobbying to gain support for such plans. None of this is correct, and does not represent the company’s view on thorium.

The news item is based on a report on thorium which will be broadcast on the NRK Brennpunkt programme on Tuesday, 7 October. Brennpunkt has followed up several players all of whom – each in their different ways and to varying degrees, are looking into the potential future of thorium as a source of energy.

Statkraft’s position on thorium is well known

Statkraft has previously outlined the company’s opinion concerning the need for developing further competence as regards thorium. Our latest statement was presented in the government-appointed Thorium Committee’s report of 26 May 2008, to the fact that we in general support the Committee’s recommendation on increasing knowledge about thorium, while at the same time emphasising that this technology has a long way to go and is surrounded with a high degree of uncertainty.

Further knowledge and competence required

The initiative for conducting an in-depth investigation into thorium originally came from the government. Based in part on the conclusions of the Thorium Committee, Statkraft sees it as necessary to monitor and develop scientific competence on a wide variety of potential future sources of energy. Even more so, when the potential source of energy is a resource found in large quantities in Norway. Thorium represents one of many potential sources of energy that we feel the nation should increase its knowledge of.

The assessment work does not supersede research into renewable sources of energy

Statkraft invests large resources in research and development of renewable sources of energy. In the period 2007-2009, the company’s R&D activities will cost in the region of NOK 500 million. Our research into thorium might account for one thousandth of this amount. Statkraft’s interest in thorium is therefore absolutely marginal compared with our work on clean energy.
Statkraft does not conduct secret lobbying for a thorium power plant
Statkraft is not in any way, whether directly or indirectly, engaged in secret lobbying for a future thorium power plant in Norway. This is an allegation we absolutely refute.