25 September, 2018 Ågesta nuclear power plant houses one of Sweden’s early reactors, the first commercial one and the oldest one still preserved. It was operational between 1963 and 1974 and produced mainly district heating for the then newbuilt Stockholm suburb of Farsta. Ågesta was a key site for development and learning within the so called “svenska linjen” (“the Swedish Path”) where a domestic fuel cycle based on heavy water technology was envisioned. This was later abandoned in favour of light water technologies. The plant is scheduled for dismantling beginning in late 2019. In parallel, the question is raised whether Ågesta in fact should be preserved as a cultural heritage monument, and the issue is currently on the table of the Ministry for Cultural Affairs.
In the evening of 25 September, around 60 people showed up at the public seminar “Kulturarv som skaver: Ågesta” (“Chafing heritage: Ågesta”) organized by the Stockholm County Museum and the Workers’ Educational Association (ABF) in Stockholm. The topic was the possible heritage values and the future of the Ågesta plant and it was introduced by representatives from the Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology, the owner of the plant Vattenfall, and the Stockholm County Administrative Board. The following discussion, moderated by Anna Storm, became lively and illustrated both the urgency and the complexity of the nuclear legacies currently facing us.
The seminar was recorded as is available here (in Swedish).
Photo: Fredrik Krohn-Andersson