Finnish Fennovoima delays nuke reactor license till '19
- Fennovoima decides to reschedule its plan to now obtain permit in 2019 - one year later than originally scheduled

Finland's Fennovoima will receive a construction license for its Hanhikivi 1 nuclear reactor a year later than expected, the company said on Monday.

The Finnish company said after reviewing the progress of work, it decided to reschedule the project timetable with plans to now obtain the permit in 2019.

"Taking Finnish requirements and legislation into consideration in the design work has taken more time from the plant supplier than we originally expected, and the delivery of documents during the first two years has been slower than expected," stated Toni Hemminki, the CEO of Fennovoima.

According to Hemminki, things are developing in the right direction.

"For example, the plant supplier and main designer have brought almost one hundred new experts to Helsinki last spring and summer. This has speeded up the work significantly," he said.

The Hanhikivi 1 power plant will use Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom’s VVER technology.

"Rosatom has built dozens of nuclear power plants around the world, and it is the most experienced nuclear power plant supplier in the world, so I am confident about the end result," Hemminki said.

Fennovoima and the RAOS Project, a subsidiary of Rusatom Energy International and affiliate of Rosatom established to promote Russian nuclear technologies, are under contract to operate the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant.

According to the schedule agreed with Rosatom, the plant plans to produce electricity in 2024.

By Murat Temizer

Anadolu Agency

18 Sep,2017