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Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson says Sweden is preparing legislation to allow the construction of more NPPs to increase electricity production and energy security. The proposed new legislation, which still needs to be passed by parliament, would allow new reactors to be constructed at additional locations across Sweden. "We have an obvious need for more electricity production in Sweden," Kristersson told a news conference. "What we are doing … is changing legislation to allow for the construction of more nuclear reactors at more places."

Date: Saturday, 14 January 2023
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Proposals would remove limits on reactor construction New legislation being put forward by Sweden’s centre-right coalition government removes obstacles to the potential construction of small modular reactors and will help the country in “reaching a climate neutral society with high robustness”, the secretary-general of the Swedish Atomic Forum said.

Carl Berglöf said on social media that the legislation will remove from existing law the maximum limit of 10 reactors. It will also remove a clause that says new reactors can only be built at existing site. “This proposal paves the way for SMRs in Sweden,” he said.

Mr Berglöf said that specifically, the government wants to remove article 6a of chapter 17 (“article 17.6a”) in the country’s environmental act. This article prohibits the government from giving permit to a reactor that is not replacing an existing reactor that has been permanently shut down.

Date: Friday, 13 January 2023
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A proposal to amend Sweden's legislation on nuclear power has been presented by Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari. The proposed changes would remove the current law limiting the number of reactors in operation to ten, as well as allowing reactors to be built on new plant sites, rather than just existing sites.

Date: Friday, 13 January 2023
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Finnish utility Fortum and Swedish small modular reactor (SMR) project development company Kärnfull Next AB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly explore opportunities in new nuclear for developing SMRs in Sweden.

Date: Friday, 16 December 2022
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Further 50-MW uprate scheduled for 2023 The three-unit Forsmark nuclear power station in Sweden. Courtesy Vattenfall. Power company Vattenfall has been given approval by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) and grid operator Svenska Kraftnät for test operation of Unit 1 of the Forsmark nuclear power station at an increased power level.

The boiling water reactor unit’s increased output means its net electrical power will increase by just over 50 MW to around 950 MW.

It marks the first step in a plan to increase the plant’s net power output by just over 100 MW. The second step will follow in 2023 or later, but will also need SSM’s approval.

The Forsmark nuclear station in Uppland, north of Stockholm, has three plants. The power at Forsmark-2 was increased by just over 100 MW in 2013.

Date: Saturday, 22 October 2022
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Sweden's incoming centre-right coalition government has adopted a positive stance towards nuclear energy, calling for state-owned energy company Vattenfall to investigate the possible restart of Ringhals units 1 and 2, as well as to prepare for the construction of new reactors.

Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2022
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Country becomes latest to turn to reactors for low-carbon energy security Vattenfall is majority owner of three operational reactors at Forsmark (pictured) and two at Ringhals. Sweden’s incoming government will ask state-run utility Vattenfall to plan and procure new nuclear power stations – potentially making the country one of an increasing number turning to commercial reactors as a source of low-carbon, baseload energy supply.

“New reactors will be built in Sweden,” said Ebba Busch, whose Christian Democrat party belongs to an alliance that won the most seats in last month’s general election. The right-wing bloc is scheduled to become the Nordic nation’s next government in a parliamentary vote next week.

Sweden now joins other countries in Europe that are turning to nuclear power in response to record high energy prices and fears over the security of key infrastructure.

Swedes have debated nuclear power for decades, but the energy source has garnered popular support recently amid the ongoing power crunch.

Date: Saturday, 15 October 2022
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Swedish utility Vattenfall has delayed the restart of unit 4 at the Ringhals NPP by two months to 31 January 2023. "The unforeseen required repairs are taking more time than expected, before starting up the unit after the yearly maintenance," Vattenfall said in a regulatory filing. 

Date: Saturday, 17 September 2022
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Repairs taking more time than expected, says utility The Ringhals nuclear power station in Sweden. Curtesy Vattenfall. Swedish utility Vattenfall has delayed the restart of the Ringhals-4 nuclear power plant by two months to 31 January. “The unforeseen required repairs are taking more time than expected, before starting up the unit after the yearly maintenance,” Vattenfall said in a regulatory filing.

Ringhals-4, a 1,130-MW pressurised water reactor (PWR) unit that began commercial operation in 1983, was shut down in mid-August for annual maintenance when a pressure retainer was damaged.

The repair work was estimated to take three months and the planned restart was to take place at the end of November.

Anna Collin, press officer at Ringhals, said: “We informed the market that the shutdown of Ringhals-4 will be extended to 31 January. This is because ever since the damage occurred, work has been done to come up with a plan of how long it will take to restore the damaged component.”

Date: Friday, 16 September 2022
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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
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