MOSCOW, September 13 – PRIME. The launch of the Ringhals nuclear power plant in Sweden has been postponed until January 31, 2023, according to Bloomberg, citing one of the co-owners of the nuclear power plant, Vattenfall AB, predicting an increase in the electricity shortage in the country.
In the dead of winter, power shortages in Sweden could be much worse than expected after Vattenfall AB said a key reactor would be shut down two months longer than planned, significantly raising the risk of a blackout.
It is noted that Southern Sweden is already suffering from acute power shortages, and the network operator has already warned that there is a real risk of power cuts at a time of high demand.
The fourth reactor of the Ringhals nuclear power plant was previously shut down for maintenance. It was supposed to start working again on September 13, but in August Vattenfall AB announced that due to additional repairs, the reactor would not be put into operation until the end of November. The power of the reactor is 1,130 megawatts. As Radio Sweden reported at the end of 2021, the station generates up to 12% of the total electricity generation in Sweden.