Development during all stages of a life cycle
The Swedish nuclear power programme is based on a principle in which all continuous upgrading of the safety requirements is considered a driving force for development. Irrespective of how many years a production plant has been in operation, it is always presumed that it corresponds with the requirements imposed on an entirely new plant. By contemporary safety requirements, various ageing effects can be prevented and counteracted.
The manufacturer's liability thus entails working with the development of a nuclear power plant's status and performance right from the construction of the plant and during its operation to the decommissioning. During the 21st century, OKG has thus developed and implemented extensive modernisation programmes for all three reactors. Regarding unit O3, this involves technical conditions for a lifetime of sixty years.
Although the Swedish nuclear power industry always aims at having a high level of safety and functionality, the external factors are at least equally important as the own performance. Progressing investment decisions are now to a high extent based on values of how energy political aims affect the market situation. Based on these values, a decision has been made to permanently shut down and decommission unit O1 as well as unit O2 in a safe and efficient manner.
The future competiveness of OKG is principally created by making sure that the decommissioning decided on is performed as cost effective as possible while at the same time making the entire organisation more effective. The decommissioning and the production will in the near future constitute a clear symbiosis for securing the long-term development of the activities.