Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) has been granted a permit by the country’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) to load fuel into the reactor of the Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) EPR. The unit, construction of which began in 2005, is scheduled to enter commercial operation early next year. The OL3 plant supplier consortium – Areva GmbH, Areva NP SAS and Siemens AG – is constructing the unit under a fixed-price turnkey contract. They have joint liability for the contractual obligations until the end of the guarantee period of the unit. The consortium began construction of Olkiluoto 3 in 2005. Completion of the reactor was originally scheduled for 2009, but the project has had various delays and setbacks.
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Areva: more than 10 years late, the Finnish EPR will be commissioned in 2022. The Finnish nuclear safety authority has just given the green light to loading fuel, a major step for this construction site for the Areva EPR reactor, which began in 2005. The EPR reactor built by the French Areva in Finland has finally received the green light for loading nuclear fuel before a commercial start in sight next year, with more than a decade of delay. The Finnish nuclear safety authority (STUK) on Friday gave its authorization for this loading in the Olkiluoto 3 reactor (OL3), synonymous with the next first “hot” tests. A major step for this site undermined by delays and financial drifts.
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