Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Swedish utility Vattenfall to section the nuclear reactor at its Ågesta Nuclear Plant close to Stockholm, Sweden. Under the phrases of the contract, Westinghouse will plan, design and manufacture the instruments for segmentation; in addition to carry out the positioning work. This contains the underwater mechanical reducing of the reactor vessel and its inner parts and packing the items in containers for Vattenfall to take away from website.
“At Westinghouse, security in all points of the nuclear energy lifecycle is paramount – together with the protected and cost-effective decommissioning of crops and reactors,” mentioned David Durham, Westinghouse president, Plant Solutions Business Unit. “We are happy to proceed our profitable partnership with Vattenfall to make sure the security of plant workers and the encircling neighborhood throughout the decommissioning of the plant.”
The Ågesta Nuclear Plant was the primary business nuclear plant in Sweden. It opened in 1964 and was in operation for 10 years earlier than ceasing operation in 1974. Since the shutdown, restricted service has been carried out to take care of the required primary features. The nuclear gas and the heavy water have been faraway from the plant straight after the shut-down.
Westinghouse has in depth expertise in decommissioning pressurized water reactors (PWRs), boiling water reactors (BWRs), gas-cooled reactors (GCRs), sodium-cooled reactors, analysis reactors and gas fabrication crops.
Ågesta was the nation’s first vitality producing nuclear reactor. Between 1964 and 1974, the plant provided electrical energy and district heating to the suburb of Farsta in Stockholm. The development and operating of the Ågesta plant supplied precious experiences that have been of immense profit when designing right now’s reactors. The station was constructed underground, used heavy water moderation and was fueled with pure uranium. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority authorized demolition of the station in December 2019.
(Source: Vattenfall – Image: Ågesta NPP/Holger Ellgaard)
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