We are considering quick decisions on intermediate storage for nuclear waste

The government opens to expand the intermediate storage in Oskarshamn – before a decision on the final repository of spent nuclear fuel.

The announcement comes after state-owned Vattenfall again demanded a notification and warned of the risk that reactors could not be run in a few years due to full stock.

Minister of Climate and Environment Per Bolund (MP) writes in a comment to TT that the government is considering a first, separate decision on the intermediate warehouse Clab in Oskarshamn to avoid it being full. The process, which includes the final repository in Östhammar, otherwise risks taking too long.

“Therefore, we are now investigating the possibility of deciding on the intermediate storage Clab separately from the final repository, in order to avoid a situation where Sweden is without storage capacity.” writes Bolund.

He continues:

“Before the government lands in a possible outbreak, we will of course consult with SKB, the municipalities concerned and others concerned. I want to be clear that such a decision would not affect the government’s work with the permit process for the final repository. The decision on the final repository continues at the same pace, but we need to ensure that Clab does not exceed its permit. ”

Repeats warning

Vattenfall warned as early as February that a decision must be made by the government by this summer in order not to risk stopping electricity supplies from parts of the nuclear power in a few years.

In the energy market Nordpool, the company has now repeated the message from February: A decision to expand the intermediate warehouse in Oskarshamn must be made before 31 August this year.

Otherwise, the restart of reactor 2 in Forsmark 2024 is in danger, after a few weeks break for renovation that is planned then. This is because the intermediate storage risks becoming full. The decision on the final repository in Östhammar has not been made either.

– If I do not have the opportunity to transport spent nuclear fuel after the end of 2023, I will not be able to start the reactor after the 2024 audit, says Björn Linde, CEO of Vattenfall’s operations at Forsmark and Ringhals.

More risk stopping

The same situation arises for another reactor in Forsmark and two at Ringhals 2025 and for another in Forsmark 2028 if the repository issue is not resolved, according to Vattenfall. A certain amount of spent fuel can be stored at the reactors.

– We can store a little but not as much as we like and the Swedish system is based on us using the intermediate repository until the final repository is built, says Björn Linde.

The chairman of the Riksdag’s Business Committee, Lars Hjälmered (M), believes that “what is happening is senseless”.

– We are talking in practice that all nuclear power may be shut down in three years due to the Prime Minister and his colleagues not being able to make a decision, says Hjälmered.

The government has said that the issue is being prepared with priority but that it is not possible to give an exact timetable. In April, the Riksdag called on the government to speed up, in an announcement.

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

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