Finland's Olkiluoto 3 regular electricity production rescheduled
According to the information the start of regular electricity production at the OL3 EPR nuclear power plant unit will take place in May 2019.
The plant supplier has been preparing a schedule review for the project completion for some time. The work has now reached a phase where the supplier confirms the main milestones.
According to the supplier, the first connection to the grid takes place in December 2018, and the start of regular electricity production will take place in May 2019.
According to the supplier's plant ramp-up program the unit will produce 2–4 TWh of electricity, at varying power levels, during the period of time between the first connection to the grid and the start of regular electricity production.
"We are very disappointed by this additional delay. There is still substantial work to be accomplished in the OL3 EPR project and it is essential that all the necessary technical, human and financial resources are allocated to the project.
"The restructuring of the French nuclear industry must not compromise this," says Jouni Silvennoinen, SVP, OL3 Project from TVO.
While the OL3 EPR project is progressing in the testing phase, with the realization of some recent milestones, many important tests are yet to be carried out.
The previous schedule planned for the start of regular electricity production at the end of 2018. ■