Sweden’s new government is expected to ask the country’s utility provider to build more nuclear reactors in a bid to boost electricity supply amid an expected influx of energy demand in the coming years.
After winning elections last month, the right-wing Christian Democrat party announced on Friday it will request state-owned utility company Vattenfall AB to construct new power stations in an effort to increase domestic electricity supply amid increasing concerns over Europe’s energy security. “New reactors will be built in Sweden,” said Ebba Busch, who’s party is expected to become the country’s government following a parliamentary vote come next week.
Sweden has been on the fence about nuclear power for a long time, but the energy source has gained more popularity recently as Europe faces a deepening energy crisis thanks to the conflict in Ukraine, all whilst an increasing number of governments look to reduce fossil fuel usage. A recent poll cited by Bloomberg shows about 60% of Swedes are in favour of building additional reactors that would serve as a more reliable source of power when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.
The Nordic nation is currently home to six power plants, which are nearly all operated by Vattenfall. If the Christian Democrat’s request comes to fruition, Sweden could soon see a number of small modular reactors (SMRs) as early as 2030. The utility company has been mulling reviving nuclear energy, announcing it will commission an 18-month analysis on the technology.
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