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With electricity consumption in Sweden expected to increase rapidly in the coming decades, power company Vattenfall said on 28 June that it is working to find how different fossil-free energy sources can satisfy the increased demand. As part of this, Vattenfall is initiating a pilot study looking at the conditions for building at least two small modular reactors (SMRs) adjacent to the NPP.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvattenfall-begins-study-on-construction-of-smrs-at-ringhals-9815993

Country needs fossil-free sources to meet growing power demand Vattenfall is majority owner of two commercial reactors at Ringhals (pictured) and three at Forsmark. Image courtesy Vattenfall. Swedish utility Vattenfall announced today it will be starting work on a pilot study on the feasibility of deployment of at least two small modular reactor (SMR) units at the site of the Ringhals nuclear power station.

Vattenfall said the study is focusing on Ringhals in southern Sweden because more electricity generation is expected to be needed in those areas. Two reactor units are currently in commercial operation at Ringhals-3 and -4.

Anna Borg, chief executive of Vattenfall, said fossil-free energy sources will be necessary to meet increasing demand for electric power in Sweden while SMRs are such a technology that has “come a long way in recent times” and therefore the company wants to look at the conditions for building SMRs near Ringhals.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/vattenfall-to-begin-study-on-potential-smr-deployment-at-ringhals-6-2-2022

Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall announced it is initiating a pilot study looking at the conditions for constructing at least two small modular reactors (SMRs) adjacent to the Ringhals nuclear power plant.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Vattenfall-considers-building-SMRs-at-Ringhals

Electricity generation is vital in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but scheduled refuelling and maintenance outages at nuclear power plants around the world must still go ahead. Operators are introducing risk-minimising procedures so outages that have been planned years in advance can proceed, while some are being prompted to rethink or extend scheduled outages.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Outage-management-adapts-to-COVID-19

The Swedish Parliament - the Riksdag - yesterday narrowly rejected a proposal from the nationalist Sweden Democrats party to reverse the planned closure of the two oldest reactors at the Ringhals nuclear power plant. Unit 2 of the plant was shut down at the end of last year, with unit 1 set to close later this year.

Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Swedish-parliament-votes-down-Ringhals-motion

Unit 2 of the Ringhals nuclear power plant in Sweden was yesterday permanently shut down, ending 44 years of operation and 215 TWh of generation. Ringhals 1 is scheduled to shut down next year.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ringhals-2-enters-retirement

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has approved a safety report for the dismantling and demolition of the Agesta nuclear power plant, a 10-MW pressurised heavy water reactor unit that was the country's first energy generating nuclear reactor.

The decision means dismantling and demolition can begin, although details of work being carried out must first be reported to SSM.

Agesta, south of Stockholm, began commercial operation in May 1964 and was permanently shut down in June 1974. It produced district heating and electrical energy for the suburb of Farsta between 1964 and 1974.

The transfer of district heating from the plant meant Agesta was located close to the homes in Farsta and for safety reasons was largely built inside a bedrock cavity.

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-approves-dismantling-of-country-s-oldest-power-reactor-12-1-2019

Nuclear must be part of a fossil-free future, but the industry first needs to address the cost of constructing new reactors, Magnus Hall, CEO of Swedish utility Vattenfall AB, told delegates attending World Nuclear Association Symposium 2019 in London.

Date: Saturday, 07 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Industry-must-address-costs,-says-Vattenfall-CEO

Nuclear must be part of a fossil-free future, but the industry first needs to address the cost of constructing new reactors, Magnus Hall, CEO of Swedish utility Vattenfall AB, told delegates attending World Nuclear Association Symposium 2019 in London.

Date: Friday, 06 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Industry-must-address-costs,-says-Vattenfall-CEO

Some SEK900 million ($107 million) will be invested in installing independent core cooling systems at units 3 and 4 of the Ringhals nuclear power plant in Sweden. The legally-required safety upgrade will enable the two reactors to continue operating beyond 2020.

Date: Friday, 17 November 2017
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Upgrade-allows-continued-operation-of-Ringhals-uni