Tuesday, January 25

Damage to Swedish nuclear power plants could worsen electricity prices

The Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in southern Sweden has damage to a fuel cell. If the reactor has to be closed for repairs, Norwegian electricity prices could rise even a notch.

Oskarshamnsverket in Sweden can affect Norwegian electricity prices. The nuclear power plant was Sweden’s first, and started operations in 1972. Now only the third reactor, Oskarshamn 3, is in operation.

Oskarhamnsverket in Kalmar municipality in Småland is Sweden’s oldest nuclear power plant. What has occurred is a so-called “secondary fuel damage”.

It may be that a foreign body has ended up in the fuel basin, and that this entails a risk that holes may be made in the fuel encapsulation. This should not pose an acute danger.

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