Control rods from Barsebaeck to be used for Forsmark-3 repairs

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stockholm (Platts) - 13 Nov 2008 Forsmark management said it will try to use control rods from the closed Barsebaeck nuclear power plant to replace rods with broken and cracked shafts in Forsmark-3.

About 25% of the Swedish unit's 197 rods are cracked and at least one is broken. In a November 13 statement, Forsmark management said it wants to use the Barsebaeck rods because it would be difficult to quickly order and install so many new rods.

Forsmark-3, an Asea BWR, went online in 1985. Barsebaeck-1 and -2 are an earlier generation of the Asea BWR and were permanently shut in 1999 and 2004, respectively, when Sweden was still planning early phase-out of nuclear power. All three reactors are majority owned by Vattenfall.

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