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The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has published a report on ways to inform future generations where radioactive waste has been disposed of and how it should be handled. The report was commissioned by the government to examine different methods for how information and knowledge about the final repository for used nuclear fuel can be secured over a long period of time.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Swedish-regulator-studies-securing-repository-know

Nuclear reactors generated a total 2553 TWh of electricity in 2020, down from 2657 TWh in 2019, according to the latest World Nuclear Performance Report released by the World Nuclear Association. Despite the small decline, the Association's Director General, Sama Bilbao y León, said "the resilience and flexibility shown by the global nuclear fleet tell a very positive story."

Date: Friday, 03 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/2020-highlighted-nuclears-resilience-says-World-Nu

The Danish nuclear reactor company Seaborg Technologies is currently completing important experiments in collaboration with both experts from Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) at Oxford (UK) and European Spallation Source (ESS) research centre in Lund in Sweden. The goal is to understand how neutrons in modern reactors behave. The new knowledge should allow Seaborg to optimise their reactor design. The company is aiming for 2025 for having its first reactor online. Seaborg is developing compact thorium-based Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs). 

Date: Thursday, 02 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsseaborg-completes-experiments-to-optimise-its-molten-salt-reactor-design-9048040

Sweden's government said on 26 August that it had approved plans to expand the intermediate nuclear storage facility in Oskarshamn, "The government decided today to allow an expansion of capacity at CLAB," news agency TT reported citing Environment Minister Per Bolund. Utilities Vattenfall, Uniper and Fortum, which operate Sweden’s power reactors, warned earlier in August that the Clab storage facility for used fuel would soon be full.

Date: Wednesday, 01 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssweden-approves-expansion-of-used-fuel-storage-9043834

The Swedish government's decision to approve an expansion of the existing Clab interim repository for used fuel while continuing to consider the application for a final repository has "created uncertainties in the legal procedure for obtaining final decisions on the storage of nuclear fuel," Vattenfall has said. The utility warned the decision has made it more likely that units 2 and 3 of its Forsmark nuclear power plant may have to shut down in 2024 and 2025.

Date: Wednesday, 01 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Swedish-government-delays-repository-decision

SKB calls for decision on final repository An interim storage pool at the Clab facility in Sweden. Courtesy SKB. Sweden’s government has approved plans to expand capacity at the central interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel (Clab) in Oskarshamn, heading off the risk that the country’s commercial power reactors would have to be shut down in 2024.

Utilities Vattenfall, Uniper and Fortum, which operate the reactors, warned this month that Clab would soon be full and Sweden’s six reactors at three nuclear stations – Forsmark, Oskarshamn and Ringhals – might have to shut down as a result.

“The government decided today to allow an expansion of capacity at Clab,” news agency TT reported environment minister Per Bolund saying.

Johan Dasht, chief executive officer of nuclear fuel management company SKB, operator of Clab, said the company found it difficult to understand why the government has approved the expansion of Clab without making a decision on a final repository and the “entire disposal system”.

He said: “This means increased risks of Clab becoming full before we get all the permits in place” [for final disposal].

Date: Friday, 27 August 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-approves-expansion-of-clab-interim-radwaste-facility-8-4-2021

Belgian think tank Horizon 238 on 21 August addressed a letter to Prime Minister Alexander De Croo asking him “to reconsider the nuclear phase-out”, which became official policy 18 years ago. The Horizon 238 website says the initiative “began with a group of colleagues from the nuclear industry who were also friends outside of work, but quickly grew to include members of other professions”. The letter expressed concern “about preserving a prosperous and sustainable world for future generations” and noted that Belgium “is about to make a decision that will irreversibly shape its energy landscape for decades to come, and which will undoubtedly become one of the most significant chapter of your government’s legacy”.

Date: Thursday, 26 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelgian-think-tank-seeks-reversal-of-nuclear-phase-out-9028917

The Swedish government must make a decision on the application to construct a final high-level waste repository and not consider it separately from that for an expansion of the existing Clab interim repository for used fuel, write World Nuclear Association's Director General Sama Bilbao y León and Public Affairs Manager John Lindberg. Dividing the applications, they say, is a political game of 'Fox and Geese' that is extremely unworthy of an established democracy like Sweden.

Date: Thursday, 26 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Why-is-Sweden-s-government-sacrificing-i

Vattenfall has signed an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB for dismantling of reactor tanks and their internal parts as well as fuel racks at units 1&2 of the Ringhals NPP in southern Sweden. It is thus clear how these large radioactive components are to be dismantled and disposed of, which also sets the framework for other dismantling work at Ringhals 1 and 2.

Date: Friday, 20 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvattenfall-signs-agreement-with-westinghouse-for-decommissioning-work-at-ringhals-npp-9012376

The urgent need to reduce emissions and slow global heating should involve the roll-out of more nuclear power stations, according to a new briefing released by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on 11 August. In the run up to the COP 21 meeting in Glasgow, UNECE argues that nuclear power can help deliver on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNECE, set up in 1947, is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its main aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member states in Europe, North America, Central Asia and Western Asia.

Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsunece-says-nuclear-power-essential-to-achieve-climate-goals-9007938