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Swedish nuclear reactor to be decommissioned overnight

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dpa English

Dec. 31—STOCKHOLM — Swedish energy provider Vattenfall is gearing up to decommission a second nuclear reactor at the Ringhals nuclear power plant one year after an initial reactor block was shut down.

After almost 45 years in operation, the Ringhals 1 reactor will be disconnected from the power grid overnight on Thursday, Vattenfall said in a statement.

The extensive dismantling of Ringhals 1 and 2 is scheduled to begin in early 2023. According to Vattenfall, the entire demolition will take between eight and 10 years.

In 2015, Vattenfall decided to close reactors Ringhals 1 and 2 early for economic reasons. Ringhals 2 already went offline at the end of 2019. Reactors 3 and 4, on the other hand, are expected to continue generating electricity for years to come.

The Ringhals nuclear power plant is located around 60 kilometres south of Gothenburg. According to Vattenfall, the power plant currently generates around a sixth of the electricity consumed in Sweden.

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