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Mattias Håkansson

Why did you start working with nuclear power?

My interest for nuclear power started during my studies. It is an exciting physic in the foundation that attracted me more and the other fields. The five years I have worked with the questions has confirmed that it is a really interesting area. 

What do you do at ÅF?

I work with nuclear safety at the nuclear department at ÅF. Safety is key in nuclear power, whether it involves new construction, operation or decommissioning and disposal.

One thing I have learned is that everything takes a long time in the nuclear industry. In order to have a high level of security, all aspects must be covered. We must ensure that we have examined all the important issues.

In larger projects, there is a security coordinator who gathers information from the different parts, for example from electrical, construction, environment and technology. In addition to this, the department is working with the review processes in multiple steps, involving several people with different skills to capture various aspects of safety.

How do you work to create a good culture?

We have a culture where it is possible and appreciated to ask questions and provide feedback. We are unpretentious and take the time to listen to each other. We are also good at helping each other. We prefer to work in a team, and try to mix people with different skills and experiences.

The questioning and open atmosphere is important in my ongoing mission. I work in an international project in which we investigate incidents at nuclear power plants around the world, events that could have caused an accident but did not. The events are analysed from several different perspectives for us to understand what happened and how it should be avoided in the future.

What else do ÅF do in nuclear power?

ÅF Nuclear is involved in the entire nuclear cycle, from new construction to decommissioning and waste management.

In Sweden it is mostly about extending operation. We work with changes in the facilities, from implementation to analysis and documentation. We also work with closures, waste management and disposal. Internationally, we are involved in several new buildings, for example in Finland.

Nuclear technology has been continuously developed. There are now brand new designs with passive solutions for electricity supply and water supply to cope with difficult events such as earthquakes and tsunamis. New nuclear power plants are now being built including in Finland, South Korea, China and the United Arab Emirates.

What would be a future dream project?

I hope to have the opportunity to work with the new nuclear power plants in Finland. It would be exciting to work with safety there.