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Finland / Regulator Completes Three-Day Supplier Inspection Online

By David Dalton
1 May 2020

Regulator Completes Three-Day Supplier Inspection Online
A computer-generated image of the Hanhikivi nuclear power station in Finland. Courtesy Fennovoima.
Finnish nuclear regulator Stuk has used online videoconferencing technology to carry out a routine three-day inspection of Raos Project Oy, the general supplier for the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power station under construction in the north of Finland.

Raos Project said the decision was related to quarantine and restriction measures introduced in Finland and in Russia because of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 30 Raos Project specialists took part in the inspection.

The company said three of five regulatory requirements were closed and it will continue to work on issues related to two non-closed regulatory requirements. It did not disclose any further details. It said Stuk had indicated that Raos Project should begin to prepare documentation detailing its project management systems for the construction stage of the project.

Hanhkivi-1, which is being built by Russia for energy company Fennovoima, will be a 1,200-MW VVER pressurised water reactor. The reference plant for the unit Leningrad 2 in Sosnovy Bor, Russia.

According to Fennovoima’s website, the total investment cost for Hanhikivi-1 will be between €6.5 and €7bn, which includes initial plant costs, financing and waste management.

Last year Fennovoima announced a new estimated schedule postponing commercial operation by several years. The company said the plant’s projected startup date had been pushed back to 2028, four years behind the original schedule and eight years later than the proposed start when Finland’s government approved the project in 2010.

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