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Swedish, Finnish Nuclear Operating Rate Falls to 70%

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Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Fourteen Nordic nuclear reactors run by Vattenfall AB, EON AG, Fortum Oyj and Teollisuuden Voima Oyj are producing at a combined capacity of 70 percent, down 3 percentage points from yesterday, according to data from company websites and calculations by Bloomberg.

Forsmark-1, Oskarshamn-1 and Ringhals-4 in Sweden and Loviisa-1 in Finland are out of service for maintenance or repairs. The remaining 10 are online.

EON AG will run tests at its 1,400-megawatt Oskarshamn-3 reactor starting today, with production falling as low as 200 megawatts, the company said in a filing via Nord Pool Spot AS on Aug. 24. A test on the turbine on Aug. 30 will cut output completely, with full production expected the next day, EON said. The company also plans tests on Sept. 3, Sept. 6 and Sept. 21, it said.

Vattenfall AB has cut power output at its 865-megawatt Ringhals-1 reactor in Sweden to 400 megawatts from yesterday to Aug. 30 for maintenance on a turbine, the company said on Aug. 20 in a filing via the exchange.

The table below lists all units and their utilization rates based on latest available data. It shows current output and installed capacity in megawatts and utilization in percent.


UNIT         CURRENT OUTPUT  UTILIZATION   INSTALLED CAPACITY
----         --------------  -----------   ------------------
Forsmark-1          0               0                984
Forsmark-2        979              98                996
Forsmark-3      1,130              97              1,170
Oskarshamn-1        0               0                473
Oskarshamn-2      590              92                638
Oskarshamn-3    1,404             100              1,400
Ringhals-1        427              49                865
Ringhals-2        771              89                865
Ringhals-3      1,015              97              1,047
Ringhals-4          0               0                940
Olkiluoto-1       857              97                880
Olkiluoto-2       859              98                880
Loviisa-1 *         0               0                496
Loviisa-2 *       484              98                496
                -----             ---             ------
TOTAL           8,516              70             12,130

*Data for Loviisa reactors were not available on Fortum’s website. Figures are an estimate based on real-time production from transmission system operator Fingrid Oyj.

To contact the reporter on this story: Torsten Fagerholm in Helsinki at tfagerholm@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lars Paulsson at lpaulsson@bloomberg.net

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