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Bids invited for new nuclear power plant in Finland

Finnish power firm Fennovoima has invited bids from nuclear reactor vendors Areva and Toshiba for the construction of a new nuclear power plant.

The bids are requested for the delivery and construction of reactor and turbine islands. Fennovoima will decide the final model of delivery during the contract negotiations that will be carried out based on the delivered bids.

Fennovoima was established in 2007 and the Finnish parliament granted the company a Decision-in-Principle exactly one year ago. The electricity produced in Fennovoima’s nuclear power plant will be delivered at cost price for the 70 shareholders of the company.

Fennovoima is a Finnish nuclear power company owned by Eon and a consortium of Finnish power and industrial companies.

The bid invitation does not include infrastructure works that are performed during the first years of the construction phase and preparatory works including earthmoving, excavations and water construction.

Fennovoima chose Areva and Toshiba as plant supplier alternatives in 2008 and since then, technical development work has been done with both companies as well as with alternative turbine suppliers Alstom and Siemens.

Far progressed technical development already before the selection of the main supplier supports a smooth nuclear power plant project execution and ensures the nuclear power plant is safe in operation. The plant supplier and the model of delivery will be decided in 2012-2013.

Fennovoima has two alternative sites for its nuclear power plant, Pyhäjoki and Simo. The company selects the site as soon as possible after the Supreme Administrative Court has given its decision on appeals filed in concerning the regional land use plans of the sites. After the site selection, Fennovoima continues the planning process and more detailed ground and environmental investigations in the chosen site.

The nuclear power plant is to be constructed in a new greenfield site which means that the preparatory works will be carried out first. Some of the preparatory works start in the end of 2012 at earliest. A more detailed schedule is to be made when the plant contract is signed.

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  • Will the lessons of Olkiluoto be learnt? This Finnish plant, being built by Areva, is currently 50%+ overbudget and 3+yrs behind schedule, being beset by quality control issues including irregular foundation concrete and below standard heavy forgings as well as problems conctructing the containment shell.

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