Minna Forsström is responsible for a unique project: the first Russian-made nuclear power plant to be built in the E.U. outside of the former Soviet Union. In a personal interview with Energy Post, she reveals how her company, Fennovoima, has coped with extremely demanding regulatory challenges. (“you can’t expect to submit a project and have it approved all in one go”), why they chose to work with Rosatom (“they have huge engineering capacity and were the most flexible”), and what she has learned from visiting other new nuclear projects throughout the world (“the Chinese are very well organised, like an army”). The fact that she is a woman does not matter at all in the male-dominated nuclear world. “The men treat me very well.” What drives her most of all is that she is building something “bigger than our own lives”.
Energy Collective 9th June 2017 read more »