Sweden closes nuclear reactor after over 40 yrs of operation

Sweden on Monday shut down one of four nuclear reactors at its largest power station after over 40 years of…

Sweden on Monday shut down one of four nuclear reactors at its largest power station after over 40 years of operation, with operators citing a lack of profitability and rising maintenance costs.

Swedish news agency TT said the Ringhals 2 reactor in southwestern Sweden was permanently shut down in accordance with a 2015 decision by its owners — Swedish state-owned energy group Vattenfall and German utility Uniper.

The Ringhals power station, located some 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Sweden’s second largest city of Goteborg, is one of Sweden’s three nuclear power plants and has so far generated 15%-20% of the Nordic country’s total electricity consumption.

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