The start-up of the new generation Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor (1.6 GW) in Finland should be delayed further because the fuel will not be able to be loaded in June as initially planned because of the coronavirus epidemic, announced l operator, TVO. The start of commercial production of the EPR (European pressurized reactor) “could be delayed all the more,” warned the company Wednesday evening, without providing further details or a new timetable. TVO said it had taken significant steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19, adding that the Areva-Siemens construction consortium would update the construction schedule as soon as more information was available on the pandemic. The loading of the fuel should have started in June, the electricity production tests being planned for November and the commercial commissioning for March 2021, 12 years after the launch of the project.
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