Swedish nuclear regulator increases inspections following Belgian scare

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has stepped up its inspections of Ringhals AB nuclear power plant, as a precaution, following the news that the same company responsible for Belgium’s nuclear woes also constructed the Swedish facility.

Lars Skanberg of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority told Power Engineering International (PEI), “Ringhals AB must increase the number of planned inspections of Ringhals 2’s reactor pressure vessel as of the reactor’s annual refuelling and maintenance outage on 15 September.
Ringhals nuclear power plant
The defects reported from inspections of the Belgian nuclear reactor Doel 3 and Ringhals 2’s reactor pressure vessels are from the same manufacturer.

The inspections that will focus on the type of defects that have been observed in Doel 3 is planned to start 9th of October. After approx. one week we will know if Ringhals 2 has the same type of defects.”

The Spanish Nuclear Safety Council also confirmed to PEI last week that they were investigating the Santa María de Garoña and Cofrentes plants for signs of deterioration, as had been found in Belgium’s Doel 3 plant.

A meeting was held last month involving all of the countries affected by the involvement of Dutch firm Rotterdam Droogdok Maatschappij in nuclear power plants in their respective countries, after serious fracturing was found in the construction of the Belgian plant.

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