Swedish energy company Vattenfall has today taken the first official step in planning for a phase out of its nuclear reactors.
A withdrawal from nuclear power in Sweden is expected in the later half of the 2020s and Vattenfall has today made a request to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority for talks on how existing reactors should be replaced.
In a statement, Vattenfall said it was “assessing various possible alternatives for the replacement of existing nuclear power reactors”.
“Despite safety improvements and capacity increases, today’s nuclear reactors must be phased out sooner or later and replaced by new base load power.”
Nuclear comprises around 25 per cent of Vattenfall’s power generation, while Sweden has three nuclear plants, including Ringhals, the country’s largest power station.