Minister Critical of Offline Reactors
Swedish Minister for Enterprise Maud Olofsson is strongly critical of the Ringhals nuclear power station because it is taking so long to repair two of the four reactors there.
Her comments come as electricity prices have shot up following the cold winter weather. Olofsson tells Swedish Radio News: “I think it’s very serious they can’t get the reactors to work…We have to quickly expand renewable energy sources to reduce this lack of security in our power system.”
Ringhals is mostly owned by the state Vattenfall power company.
Vattenfall’s press spokesperson agrees that the repairs have taken too long, but blames this on previous decisions to phase out all nuclear power here by this year, and subsequent new regulations when that timetable was shelved. He says the two reactors are now scheduled to go online on February 1 and 15.