Total domestic electricity production in Sweden was a record 161 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2012, helped by continued increases in production from the country’s nuclear power plants, according to preliminary figures.
The trade organisation for Swedish electricity supply companies, Svensk Energi, said preliminary statistics indicate a five percent increase in electricity production from nuclear last year.
Combined electricity production from Sweden’s 10 commercially-operational nuclear plants was 60.9 TWh in 2012, compared to 58 TWh in 2011, Svensk Energi said. The nuclear contribution in 2010 was 55.6 TWh.
In July 2012, Swedish energy company Vattenfall submitted an application to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority for the possible replacement of up to two of its existing reactors. The Authority said a project it has launched to draw up new regulatory requirements, that would be imposed on any new reactors built in Sweden, will be completed in “late 2014 at the earliest”.
The last record set for overall electricity production in Sweden was 157 TWh in 2001. The 2012 total was also boosted by the performance of hydropower, with good water supplies thanks to the absence of long periods of intense cold, Svensk Energi said.
Hydropower’s contribution was 78 TWh of electricity production, compared to just over 65 TWh previously.
(Source: “Nuclear 24”)