The Ringhals-2 nuclear power reactor near Varberg in southwestern Sweden was permanently shut down at 09.00 local time today after more than 43 years of commercial operation. The plant’s owners, state-owned Swedish energy group Vattenfall and Germany’s Uniper, said in 2015 that they would close Ringhals-2 more than five years earlier than previously planned – a result of falling demand, the falling price of electricity and the unit being in need of costly maintenance. Ringhals-1 is also scheduled for closure next year. Vattenfall had planned to operate the 881-MW Ringhals-1 and the 807-MW Ringhals-2 until about 2025. But in September 2015 the company said all investment in the units would stop as of 2017, with savings of about €180m. The decision meant the two reactors cannot be operated after 2020, because they will not be upgraded to meet new safety requirements. The station’s other two reactors, Ringhals-3 and Ringhals-4, are set to keep running until the 2040s. Vattenfall said in 2017 that it planned to invest about €90m to upgrade the units.
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