Misunderstanding at Swedish nuclear power plant causes damage to components 

Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT / NTB

According to energy company Vattenfall, a misunderstanding led to damaged components at the Ringhals nuclear power plant. The consequence could be even higher electricity prices.

Vattenfall has now completed an internal investigation into what happened at the plant at the end of August. The newspaper Dagens Nyheter analyzed the conclusions.

The facility was initially closed for routine maintenance. Reactor 4 was almost ready to be restarted when the accident occurred.

The employees performed tests before the restart, which included a pressure vessel. However, heating components were screwed on without there being any water in the container.

The alarm went off in the control room, and the specially designed heating components melted.

Press manager Anna Collin at the Ringhals power plant says the accident occurred due to the instructions, which could have been misunderstood.

“Naturally, it shouldn’t be like this,” she emphasized.

The instructions have now been clarified. But extensive repairs are needed before reactor 4 can be put into use again. That probably won’t happen until the end of January.

According to Vattenfall, there is no suspicion of sabotage at the nuclear power plant. Electricity analyst Christian Holtz has previously said that the reactor shutdown will have a “significant impact” on the already high electricity prices in southern Sweden.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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