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How a vacuum cleaner cost a Swedish nuclear power station billions Sunday, 13 November 2011
The troubles in the Swedish nuclear power production just get better and better. Latest revelation in the sector which emerged today is that which the Swedish television reveals that the latest fiasco in Swedish nuclear power production in one of its reactors, Ringhal 2 which failed was caused by fire from a vacuum cleaner.
Yeah? Right! A forgotten vaccum cleaner is pushing the nuclear power plant to loose up to Skr1.8 billion in revenue this year. However we all know that when it will start running again, well, that bill will be passed to the consumers – you and me. But the problem here is not only money but the safety and the ability of Sweden to produce energy safely from dangerous sources such nuclear.
AdvertisementIn May this year, a pressure test was being carried out in the reactor containment at the Ringhals two and there someone had forgotten to remove a wet vacuum cleaner from a space, and when the pressure rose briefly and reached the vacuum cleaner, it began to burn, according to Swedish television.
“Such was not supposed to be kept in an enclosure when doing a pressure test. It was a human error and such a thing should not occur in our power plants,” says Peter Gango, head of Vattenfall's nuclear activities to Swedish television.
Carbon deposit from the fire was so extensive that it required a clean-up work for seven months. When the reactor became operational again on December 17, according to the plan, the plant would have lost Skr1.8 billion in revenue, according to calculations by an independent brokerage firm made for Swedish television.
All types of studies and companies show that Sweden has succeed to extract just about 60 percent out of its nuclear power station whereas places a place such as Finland is able to extract up to 95 percent of its nuclear power capability. Sweden holds the record of failing nuclear power stations.
By Scancomark.se Team
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