Activities on the site
Plant Service It is important to maintain and take care of Barsebäck Nuclear Power Plant up until its dismantlement. The power plant is still a nuclear facility, which is subject to the authorities' rules and regulations and must be constantly monitored. A large part of this work is taken care of by the Plant Service department, which is also responsible for the important areas that are fire protection, environmental protection and radiation protection.
Today, one of Barsebäck Nuclear Power Plant's main areas of work is planning the dismantlement, which is estimated to start in the first part of the 2020's. The work consists of two parts. We will plan the dismantlement in accordance with current laws and regulations with the help of studies and surveys. We will also prepare for the dismantlement from a purely practical point of view. The practical work consists of decontaminating the plant and rebuilding the electrical system and operations system.
Barsebäck Nuclear Power Plant will be the first commercial nuclear power plant to be dismantled in Sweden, but about one hundred nuclear facilities have been shut down around the world – everything from research facilities and experimental reactors to full-scale nuclear power plants. We are therefore cooperating with colleagues in all parts of the world to exchange experiences.
At Barsebäck Nuclear Power Plant, we are always actively seeking new areas of activity where we can benefit from the knowledge and equipment that is available here. Among the new activities are the testing of work processes, the selling of spare parts and the leasing of premises.
Training is an important part of our business activities. The shutdown of Barsebäck has meant that we have gained a new training site for the entire nuclear power industry. Maintenance and operations personnel from the country's other nuclear power plants are trained here. The environment is genuine and is used for both safety and technical training. The company that is responsible for this is called KSU, Kärnkraftsäkerhet och Utbildning AB (Swedish Nuclear Training and Safety Centre).
Even a nuclear power plant that has been shut down needs to provide information. It is not least important to make sure that residents and companies in proximity to us are constantly informed about what is happening at Barsebäck Nuclear Power Plant and how the dismantlement planning work is progressing. We have the highly-valued Infocenter, which is visited by about 4,500 people a year. Here, it is possible to learn more about the history of Barsebäck, how nuclear power works, the storing of radioactive waste and also about future electricity production.
The nuclear power plant in Ringhals has undergone several year long period of a very extensive renewal programme. At the most, 100 people were stationed at the distance office at Barsebäck involved in different projects that took place at Ringhals. About 20 people are still working from Barsebäck with remaining changes at Ringhals.
A nuclear power plant in operation is subject to extensive surveillance. Even if Barsebäck does not require the same level of protection today as it did when it was in operation, all people and vehicles that come here are checked.