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Olkiluoto nuclear plant could be delayed until 2014

Construction on Finland’s Olkiluoto nuclear power station could be put back until 2014, according to client Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO).

Work on nuclear power reactor vendor Areva’s European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) at Olkiluoto was originally due to complete in 2012, but may now be put back to 2014.

The completion date has slipped back because of delays to the plant’s automation system design, according to TVO. The delay has also been attributed to work on the reactor piping and electrical installation taking longer than expected.

Areva is planning to build the same reactor at Hinkley Point in the UK.

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