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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

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

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

Swedish state utility Vattenfall has reported that 2013 was the second-best year of nuclear generation since it started, performance which CEO Øystein Løseth said could be credited in large part to recent years' modernisation work. Its seven Swedish reactors at Forsmark and Ringhals generated 51.9 TWh in 2013.

Date: Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvattenfall-reports-a-good-year-for-nuclear-4203241

Swedish utility Vattenfall, said 22 May, that "extensive upgrades" at its Forsmark and Ringhals nuclear power plants means that it can now plan to operate five of its seven reactors for 'up to 60 years.'

Date: Monday, 27 May 2013
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvattenfall-intends-to-operate-reactors-for-up-to-60-years