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Ensuring continued operation of SKB’s facilities

SKB is following the guidelines and recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency and other expert authorities concerning the handling of the coronavirus. Operations continue, but with restrictions. Measures have been taken to ensure continued operation of our nuclear facilities.

In order to ensure continued operations and protect the health of employees and visitors, SKB has cancelled all business travel and external meetings and visits to our offices and facilities that are not critical for operations. Most of our office employees are working remotely. The ban on visits and travel will be in place until further notice, with continuous assessments of how the situation evolves over time.

The interim storage facility Clab

The SKB facility Clab, Central Interim Storage Facility for Spent Nuclear Fuel, follows previously developed planning and a number of measures have been taken to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to control room operators. The measures taken in Clab follow the guidelines from MSB, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.

– The facility’s main task, to receive spent nuclear fuel from the nuclear power plants, has not been affected. We urge our personnel to follow the recommendations, both internal and external, and we will continue to monitor the development, says Mattias Nyström, acting unit manager for operations at Clab.

Transportation

Transport activities continue as planned, and there is redundancy to maintain safe operations, even if some of the personnel fall ill. Measures have been taken to reduce the risk of infection for the crew of the transport vessel.

The final repository SFR

Operations in the Final Repository for Short-lived Radioactive Waste, SFR, will continue according to plan and SKB’s assessment is that it will be possible to continue operations in a safe manner, even if some of the personnel become ill.

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