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Olkiluoto nuclear power plant delayed again

Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant unit will now not be ready for regular electricity production in 2014, client Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) has confirmed.

It said that based on the information submitted by the Areva/Siemens consortium building the plant regular electricity production will not begin until 2014 at the earliest.

Work on nuclear power reactor vendor Areva’s European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) at Olkiluoto was originally due to complete in 2012.

“The supplier is constructing the plant unit with a fixed-price turnkey contract and is responsible for the time schedule,” said TVO, adding that it expects Areva/Siemens to update the overall schedule and provide a new confirmation and analysis of the completion date as well as clarification of the measures needed to keep up with the schedule.

“The plant unit’s installation works and plant automation system engineering under the responsibility of the supplier have not progressed according to the supplier’s schedules,” said TVO. “Even though we are not pleased with the situation and the fact that there have been repeated challenges with the time scheduling, works are progressing and solutions for remaining instrumentation and control items are fixed step by step,” said TVO senior vice president Anna Lehtiranta.

Mechanical installations of all major components of the reactor plant have been completed. Preparations for the commissioning of the plant unit are also underway.

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