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Sweden

Sweden, Kingdom of

Map Sweden, Kingdom of

   Introduction

(Note: the following information was provided by the Member State for the IAEA Nuclear Power Profiles)


Swedish utilities import all their need of uranium and enrichment services. Westinghouse (previously ABB Atom) manufactures reactor fuel both for BWRs and PWRs. Half of the deliveries are to utilities abroad. The Swedish utilities buy part of their fuel elements from abroad. The spent fuel from all the Swedish nuclear power plants is transported by boat to the central interim storage CLAB. The facility started operation in 1985 and is situated close to the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant. It has been substantially expanded during the last years.

Some low level waste is finally deposed of at local dumps and some of it is incinerated at Studsvik. All other waste from reactor operation is transported to SFR, the final repository for radioactive operational waste, in operation since 1988. SFR is located close to the Forsmark nuclear power plant. Most of the waste from decommissioning of the reactors will be disposed at SFR.

Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB, SKB (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste management Company) has built and owns the CLAB, SFR and the Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory. SKB is acting on behalf of the nuclear utilities in conducting the extensive research and development and demonstration work with regard to the remaining facilities for final disposal of long-lived spent nuclear fuel. SKB is also responsible for co-ordination and investigations regarding the costs for nuclear waste and future decommissioning. SFR and CLAB are operated by Forsmark Kraftgrupp and OKG respectively on behalf on SKB. SKB is jointly owned by the Swedish utilities (Vattenfall 36%, Forsmark Kraftgrupp 30%, OKG 22% and Barsebäck Kraft 12%).

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*) Volume "as dispo" is an estimate of the final disposal gross volume of waste currently in interim storage. Note that if volume "as dispo" is not provided, it's assumed to be the same "as is".