Country profile: Sweden

Summary figures for 2017

The following information is from the NEA publication Nuclear Energy Data, the annual compilation of official statistics and country reports on nuclear energy in OECD member countries.

Country Number of nuclear power plants connected to the grid Nuclear electricity generation (net TWh) Nuclear percentage of total electricity supply
Sweden 8 63.0 (b) 39.6
OECD Europe127774.421.7
OECD Total3111 856.817.6
NEA Total 352 2 062.6 17.9
(b) Preliminary data.

Country report

Policy changes

The tax on thermal capacity was SEK 14 440 per MW per month during 2016, which is approximately SEK 0.07-0.08 per kWh. After the 2016 energy agreement, the tax on thermal capacity was reduced to SEK 1 500 from 1 July 2017 and then removed from 1 January 2018. The current charge for the nuclear waste fund (2015‑2017) is approximately SEK 0.04 per kWh.

Status update on nuclear power reactors

  • Ringhals: In the spring of 2015, the owner decided that two of two of the Ringhals' reactors, R1 and R2, would not continue operation for 50 years. During the summer, it was decided to limit investment and exit from already planned investment. On 15 October 2015, a decision was made for R1 and R2 to be closed prematurely. This decision means that Ringhals 2 is to be taken out of service in 2019 and Ringhals 1 in 2020.

    For the remaining reactors, R3 and R4, the plans remain to continue operation for at least 60 years. A decision to invest in independent core cooling was made in 2017.
  • Oskarshamn: In June 2015, the owner took a policy decision to prematurely close two of the three reactors in Oskarshamn, O1 and O2. On 14 October, this decision was confirmed.

    When the decision was made, the O2 reactor was in revision for major modernisation work. The decision meant that ongoing investments in O2 were interrupted and that the plant would not be restarted. O2 is thus already out of service.
    On 16 February 2016, a decision was made to take O1 out of service and the reactor was shut down in June 2017.
    For the remaining reactor, O3, the plan to operate for at least 60 years still holds. A decision to invest in independent core cooling was made in 2017.
  • Forsmark: A decision to invest in independent core cooling in the three reactors at Forsmark was made in June 2016.

Source: Nuclear Energy Data 2018

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