Milestone reached in decommissioning preparations for O2
Pressrelease Thursday, December 14, 2017
Oskarshamn 2 (O2) was drained of irradiated fuel last summer. Another important milestone in the decommissioning preparations was reached on Friday, December 8 when the last, fresh fuel from the fuel pool at O2 was transported to Oskarshamn 3 (O3) where it will be reconstructed and eventually used.
The fuel pool at O2 has now been drained of fuel which means that the facility is entering a new phase in its decommissioning and the demands are lightened somewhat in terms of staffing, for example, in the control room. O2 shall, however, continue as a nuclear facility so there will still be a requirement that the buildings shall be kept intact and that the process systems that must be operational shall be maintained.
According to the plan, the large scale dismantling and demolition of Oskarshamn 1 (O1) and O2 will commence around 2020.
"In order to create the right conditions for the demolition work to begin in 2020, intensive preparations have begun, all the permits are being acquired, the project is being planned and the facilities are being prepared for demolition," says Commissioning Director Andreas Roos who continues:
"A concrete measure is that the segmentation of O2's internal reactor parts will begin in 2018. This work is expected to continue throughout the year, and after that, the same procedure will be applied to O1."
Work is ongoing at O1 with the transport of the fuel to Clab, the central interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel. O3 produces climate-efficient electricity at full power.
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