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Nuclear safety modernization project to be finished by year-end 2015

A safety modernization program at a Swedish nuclear power unit is expected for completion by the end of 2015.

Swedish utility OKG said there is greater precision in the estimate of time required to complete the project at the Oskarshamn 2 nuclear reactor. A summary of the milestones passed shows there is about nine months of work left before the unit can restart operations. The reactor was originally scheduled to begin operations in June 2013.

The modernization process includes laying a high volume of cable, a new control room and a new simulator, along with operator training programs. Now OKG will focus on commissioning, testing and analysis. The modernization program began in June 2013, and when it is completed, more than 800 tonnes of new components and 1,100 kilometres of cables would have been installed in the plant. The plant will have a power generation capacity increase from 660 MW to 840 MW.

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