Fennovoima is proceeding with plans to build the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in the northern Finnish city of Pyhäjoki and expects to receive the construction license in 2021, Fennovoima CEO Toni Hemminki told New Europe in an interview on the sidelines of the 2019 Atomexpo XI in Sochi on 15 April. Fennovoima had originally expected to start construction of the plant in 2019.

“At the end of the year, the supplier, RAOS Project, communicated to us that, according to the estimation, we can start the construction in 2021 and then that means commercial operational date would be the 2028,” he said, referring to RAOS Project Oy, a subsidiary of Rosatom Energy International. “Those are the milestones that we are working on accordingly at the moment and we are also fine tuning the detailed schedule for it with the supplier,” he said, adding that the structure with the supplier is the same but there have been some organizational changes within Fennovoima. “We have realized that we need or we wanted to raise the bar of the organization so we can support the supplier better to fulfill the Finnish requirements,” Hemminki said.

He reminded that the plant would have power of 1200 megawatts, using a Russian VVER-1200 reactor. “That’s 9 terawatt hours annually — same plant, same project, same supplier, same owner the only thing that has changed is the schedule,” he said.

 

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