KD wants two new nuclear power reactors at Ringhals

Sweden needs more electricity in the future. The solution is to increase the number of nuclear reactors from six to eight, according to Christian Democrat Ebba Busch. “Above all, it is important that the policy signals that nuclear power is the basis of Swedish energy supply,” she tells SVT.

On Thursday night, the proposal from Ebba Busch came on social media: restore the existing six reactors to be operated during its full life, and build two new reactors “as soon as possible”.

– We must ensure that we reward energy types that are emission-free, delivery-safe and that can deliver a lot of electricity. And above all, it is important that the policy now signals that nuclear power is the basis of Swedish energy supply, says Ebba Busch to SVT.

Burns oil – a few hours

The Christian Democrats’ party leader justifies the need for nuclear power by saying that “we will need much more electricity in the future, not less. It is needed for jobs in industry, for climate change and for securing sustainable electricity prices for households ”.

The Christian Democrats have not announced details such as what technology the new reactors would use and what they would cost to construct. Filip Johnsson, professor of energy systems at Chalmers, tells Ny Teknik that new reactors would require a gigantic investment.

In addition, Ebba Busch writes that Sweden is now at times forced to fire in oil power plants and import dirty coal power, due to the lack of nuclear power. Last week, the oil-fired Karlshamnsverket was running for about eight hours with a capacity of 40 MW. This week, the plant is on standby, which means that it can start within two hours.

Vattenfall: The right decision to close Ringhals 1 and 2

In 2015, Vattenfall decided to shut down Ringhals reactors 1 and 2 prematurely. Production Manager Torbjörn Wahlborg now tells SVT that it was the right decision to shut down the reactors, even though he believes that the electricity situation today would not have been as strained and uncertain if we had had more nuclear power.

The decision in 2015 was made by the owners on the basis of new safety requirements for independent core cooling, requirements that came after the Fukushima accident. They also referred to the power tax on nuclear power, a tax that was removed later (2018).

Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.

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