The extensive upgrade of the nuclear reactors in Forsmark and Ringhals means that Vattenfall can now plan for an operating time of up to 60 years.
Vattenfall has recently carried out a new assessment of the preconditions for the longterm operation of its nuclear reactors.
“Vattenfall, Forsmark and Ringhals will now examine the investments needed to operate nuclear power safely and profitably for up to 60 years. This does not mean a decision to discontinue operations at a specific date, it’s a matter of planning, of determining the basis for calculating the investments needed for a specific total operating time,” says Torbjörn Wahlborg, Head of Business Division Nuclear Power.
Vattenfall is currently conducting the most extensive modernisation programme in the history of Swedish nuclear power, and the company is planning to invest SEK 16 billion over a five-year period between 2013 and 2017 in safety and life-prolonging measures.The modernisation includes new, more efficient generators, turbines, control- and monitoring systems.