Decommissioning progress at Sweden’s Barsebäck

19 March 2018

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company (recently taken over by Canada’s Brookfield) has completed dismantling the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) internals of Barsebäck 2, a 600MWe boiling water reactor in Sweden.

The work, which began in August 2016, involved the underwater segmentation and packaging of the RPV internals, as well as engineering studies and equipment manufacturing and qualification.
It was part of the first dismantling and decommissioning of a commercial NPP in Sweden.

Barseback 2 began commercial operation in July 1977 and was closed in May 2005 after the government failed to reach an agreement with the power industry on the details and timetable for a voluntary phaseout of Sweden’s nuclear facilities.

Barsebäck 1 was permanently shut down in November 1999. Westinghouse said it is expected to begin decommissioning work at Barseback 1 for completion in April 2019.

Photo: Two-unit Barsebäck plant

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