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Swedish nuclear reactor to be disconnected from the grid for repairs

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Sweden‘s largest nuclear reactor will go off-grid next week for repairs as electricity prices soar during the winter season.

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Reactor 3 at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in the country’s southeast will go offline on December 9, Sweden’s nuclear power operator OKG said on Monday. Then a faulty generator can be fixed, he explained.

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The reactor is expected to be shut down for nine days until December 18.

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With a peak power of 1,450 megawatts (MW), Oskarshamn 3 is one of the largest boiling water reactors (BWR) in the world.

According to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, several nuclear reactors were decommissioned during 2017-2020, widening the gap in electricity prices between different regions. Recently, prices in the south peaked at around SEK 8 (about 76 US cents).

The Statistics Sweden figure shows that electricity prices increased by an average of 25.6 percent in October compared to the same month last year.

Magnus Genrup, head of the Department of Energy Sciences at Lund University, told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper on Monday that the planned shutdown of the reactor exposes the vulnerability of the Swedish energy system.

“This shows that we no longer have margins, and that is serious,” he said.

In late August, OKG announced that another reactor, Ringhals 4 in the southwest of the country, would be down for months due to a damaged pressure vessel. He later said that the shutdown of the reactor, which has a capacity of 1,130 MW, is expected to last until January 31. ■

(Xinhua)

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