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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a Safety Aspects of Long-Term Operation (SALTO) mission to units 1 and 2 of the Forsmark nuclear power plant in Sweden, which operator Vattenfall plans to operate for 60 years.

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 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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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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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
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