Westinghouse Electric to dismantle Swedish nuclear power reactors

2 November 2015 (Last Updated November 2nd, 2015 18:30)

Westinghouse Electric has signed a contract with Barsebäck Kraft for supporting the dismantling of a commercial nuclear power plant in Sweden.

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Westinghouse Electric has signed a contract with Barsebäck Kraft for supporting the dismantling of a commercial nuclear power plant in Sweden.

Located 30km from Malmö municipality in the south of the country, the facility featured two ABB-designed boiling water reactors (BWR) each with a generation capacity of 615MW.

The first of the reactors closed on 30 November 1999, and operations for the second reactor stopped on 31 May 2005.

Barsebäck Kraft, which is a subsidiary of Vattenfall-Sydkraft owned Ringhals, was the operator of the Swedish nuclear power facility.

The contract entitles Westinghouse Electric to dismantle, segment and package the reactor pressure vessel internals at the dual-unit.

Disposal of the internals, which are the closest components to the reactor core, is expected to reduce the amount of radioactivity remaining in the facility.

"The dismantling project has been scheduled for an immediate start and is expected to be completed in approximately four years."

The dismantling project has been scheduled for an immediate start and is expected to be completed in approximately four years.

Mechanical segmentation for the project is anticipated to start next year.

Westinghouse Northern Europe vice-president and managing director Aziz Dag said: "This is a strategically important contract for Westinghouse."

Westinghouse Europe, Middle East and Africa region president Yves Brachet said: "Westinghouse continues to invest, optimise and develop our tooling, processes and people using our global technology and experience to serve customers around the world."


Image: Barsebäck nuclear power station. Photo: courtesy of Lars Bo Wassini/Wikipedia.