Olkiluoto-3 completion targeted for summer 2011

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Olkiluoto-3 will be completed in "summer 2011," Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oy said. TVO said the Areva-Siemens consortium, which had previously targeted 2011 after a two-year delay on the original
schedule, had informed it December 28 of the summer target.

TVO said the turbine building has reached roof-top level and that some turbine components have arrived in Finland. Turbine generator installation is set to begin in April, TVO said. The total manpower at the construction site has doubled since last spring and is now more than 2,600 people, the company said. Time-schedule essential work has continued at the reactor building during the Christmas holidays and will continue over the New Year holidays as well, the company said.

The manufacturing of major components is proceeding to the factory test phase. The assembly of the reactor pressure vessel in Japan has been completed. "The delay of the project will cause additional work and costs," said Martin Landtman, project director for the Olkiluoto-3 EPR. Efforts are being made to have the unit completed as soon as possible without compromising safety or quality requirements, he said.

TVO source text: http://www.tvo.fi/1016.htm

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