Five Swedish nuclear reactors may need to close between 2024 and 2028 because a temporary site for storing spent fuel will soon be full and the government has yet to approve a final waste repository, their operating companies said on Wednesday. The Forsmark 4 reactor risks closure in 2024, followed in 2025 by Forsmark 3, Ringhals 3 and 4 and finally Forsmark 1 in 2028, the operators said in urgent market messages posted via power exchange Nord Pool. Ringhals is owned by a consortium comprising Vattenfall and Uniper, while Forsmark is owned by the same two companies in addition to Fortum and Skelleftea Kraft. A Swedish government decision on used nuclear fuel storage must be made no later than Aug. 31 this year to avoid exceeding the permit for the interim storage site a Oskarshamn, the firms added. The interim site, known as Clab, has sought to expand its storage from 8,000 tonnes to 11,000 tonnes, according to its operator SKB. It currently holds 7,300 tonnes. Meanwhile, a final repository planned at Forsmark has received approval from relevant stakeholders, according to Vattenfall, the majority owner and operator of the plants.
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Ringhals AB and Forsmarks Kraftgrupp AB each issued an Urgent Market Message (UUM) to the Nord Pool power exchange yesterday morning about the potential risk of Ringhals units 3 and 4 and Forsmark units 1, 2 and 3 being unable to restart following scheduled outages – in 2024 (F2), 2025 (R3-4, F3), and 2028 (F1) – because of a lack of storage space for used nuclear fuel.
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