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Finland / Fortum Begins EIA Procedure For Loviisa Licence Extensions

By David Dalton
14 August 2020

Fortum Begins EIA Procedure For Loviisa Licence Extensions
The Loviisa nuclear power station in Finland. Photo courtesy Fortum.
Finnish utility Fortum has begun the environmental impact assessment procedure for the operation of the two Loviisa nuclear power units beyond their current licences.

“Loviisa power plant’s current operating licenses are valid until the end of 2027 and 2030,” said Loviisa deputy director Thomas Buddas. “In this procedure, we will assess the impacts of both the extension of the commercial operation and the decommissioning of the power plant on the environment, public health and safety, and on the surrounding community and the economy.”

The two-stage process will take about 18 months to complete. Mr Buddas said the procedure will help Fortum collect data for a possible new operating licence application.

Loviisa has two 507-MW Russian-designed VVER units. Loviisa-1 began commercial operation in May 1977 and Loviisa-2 in January 1981.

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