Following a recent meeting with the National Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate and representatives of the Swedish nuclear power industry, it has been decided to request that the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear power authority, carry out an inspection at the Forsmark nuclear facility.

The request comes after the Swedish nuclear power plant experienced safety issues that were later found to involve the use of inappropriate materials within one reactor unit. The Forsmark 1 reactor is currently shut down for repairs, while the Forsmark 2 reactor has recently been brought back into operation after passing a safety review.

The UN inspection initially concerns Forsmark, although it will also relate to the Ringhals and OKG nuclear power stations in the longer term.

It is uncertain when the inspection can take place, but we are hoping it will begin during the autumn or at the turn of the year, commented Jan Edberg, managing director of Forsmark.