Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has today on 8 April 2020 submitted a permission application to the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) for a nuclear fuel loading of the Olkiluoto 3 EPR nuclear power plant unit. TVO estimates that it will take a few months to obtain the permit. The application includes descriptions of readiness to start the fuel loading into the reactor as well as the works required at the site before the loading can take place. Works at Olkiluoto 3 site have not completely proceeded as planned. There has been a significant amount of measures taken to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) in order to minimize the effects of pandemic risk to the project. The coronavirus pandemic may have significantly added uncertainty to the progress of the project. According to the information given to TVO by the supplier, the fuel will not be loaded into the reactor as planned in June 2020, and it is possible that the regular electricity production will be delayed respectively. Areva-Siemens consortium will update the schedule for OL3 EPR unit as soon as spreading and effects of the coronavirus pandemic are known. Areva is currently working on a plan, with support of all parties, to secure funding until the end of the project.
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Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) yesterday applied to the Finnish nuclear regulator for permission to load fuel into the reactor of the Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) EPR. This process, which had been scheduled for June, is likely to be delayed however because of measures put in place at the plant to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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