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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

Systems design and safety analysis work has begun for a planned encapsulation plant as part of Swedish waste and fuel management company Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB's (SKB) plans for managing the country's radioactive waste.

 

The encapsulation plant - known as Clink - is to be built next to SKB's existing interim storage facility, Clab, at Simpevarp, which is 25 kilometres north of Oskarshamn. The two plants will be operated together as an integrated facility. Swedish nuclear regulator SSM last year expressed a positive opinion of the plans, which are now undergoing licensing reviews.

Construction of Clink, where used nuclear fuel will be encapsulated in copper capsules - could begin in the early 2020s if all SKB's permit applications are approved, SKB CEO Eva Halldén said.

SKB has now commissioned three suppliers - Babcock Noell GmbH (BNG), Sweco Industry and Vattenfall AB - to develop the system engineering and safety work for the encapsulation plant. These will form the basis for further investigations by SSM.

BNG is to work on the encapsulation process, with Sweco working on construction and technical systems, safety and security related systems and safety analysis. Vattenfall will prepare the preliminary safety report. The contracts are worth SEK400 million ($46 million) and the project will take three years.

Sweco said its contract to finalise the plant's plans, design and technical building services and safety, control and power supply systems could be worth over SEK200 million subject to SKB obtaining the necessary authorisations. The Swedish engineering design company will also create system-level requirements and solutions, a preliminary safety report, budget calculations, procurement documentation for suppliers and contractors, and detailed design.

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Date: Monday, 12 June 2017
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Planning-begins-for-Swedish-encapsulation-plant

Sweden's government on June 10 struck a deal with the opposition to continue nuclear power for the foreseeable future, reversing an earlier nuclear phase out policy. The government coalition, comprising Social Democrats and the Greens, had agreed in October 2014 to freeze nuclear energy development, while the opposition has been in favour of building new reactors. The new arrangement is aimed at securing long-term energy supplies to households and industry, the government said. "Sweden shall have a robust electricity system with a high level of secure supply, low environmental impact and energy at competitive prices," the agreement said.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssweden-reverses-nuclear-phase-out-plan-4930087

Westinghouse Electric Company has been awarded a five-year contract to supply replacement nuclear fuel for units 1-3 of the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in Sweden.

Date: Monday, 01 September 2014
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-bags-oskarshamn-nuclear-fuel-contract-4357857