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Olkiluoto nuclear reactor delayed to 2016

Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 project consortium Teollisuden Voima (TVO) said the nuclear reactor may not begin producing power until 2016, the firm announced this week.

TVO has blamed nuclear reactor vendor Areva-Siemens for the latest delay. TVO said last year it expected the plant to be ready by 2014. But this was still a two year delay on the original target completion date of 2012.

“We have not yet received an adequate schedule update. Additionally, the I&C [instrumentation and control] design has not proceeded as planned, and therefore the plant completion may be further delayed. Nevertheless, we continue to cooperate with the supplier also in the schedule assessment,” said TVO senior vice president Jouni Silvennoinen.

“Although TVO is not pleased with the situation and repeating challenges with the project scheduling, the works are proceeding at the Olkiluoto 3 site. At the reactor plant approximately 75% of the installation works have been completed and the major components have been installed. At the same time, the first systems at the turbine plant have been commissioned,” he added.

TVO claims Areva-Siemens is constructing the plant under a fixed-price turnkey contract and is therefore responsible for the delay.

But an Areva-Siemens claim TVO has changed the project and is not liable for the extended timescales.

“The Areva-Siemens consortium regrets that TVO continues to not fulfil its obligations to allow for the project to advance properly,” said the firm in a statement yesterday.

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