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Nuclear Plants Still Down

Published fredag 18 augusti 2006 kl 11.10
The Forsmark power station, north of Stockholm

Sweden’s Forsmark nuclear reactors will probably remain off line for another week or even longer after shutting down 24 days ago due to the failure of a back-up power system.

The shutdown of power company Vattenfall’s units Forsmark 1 and Forsmark 2, with a combined capacity of about 2,000 megawatts, raised concern about nuclear safety throughout Europe and pushed up power prices across the Nordic region.

Forsmark said it would deliver to Swedish nuclear regulator SKI ”within days” a detailed report of its technical problems and proposals of how to fix them.

SKI will then take at least a week to evaluate the report before giving a possible go-ahead to restart operations.

Forsmark 1 was shut down on July 25 after two of its four back-up power systems failed, forcing a mandatory shutdown at Forsmark 2 and several other similar Swedish nuclear reactors.

As of late this week five of Sweden’s 10 reactors were in operation.

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