Fennovoima on 31 October submitted the first batch of documentation to the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) related to its construction licence application for the proposed Hanhikivi 1 NPP too built by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. The documentation, which described the safety design principles and procedures used in the development work, is expected to be submitted in batches until the end of 2017. The NPP “will be built according to STUK’s new requirements, and the submitted material describes how these new requirements will be applied in the design and construction of the plant”, Fennovoima said. Fennovoima aims to start building the 1,200MWe VVER in 2018, for operation in 2024.
“During the Construction Licence Application phase, STUK will assess the safety and technology of the nuclear power plant, the competence of both Fennovoima’s and the plant supplier’s organisation and the suitability of the selected power plant site,” a Fennovoima press release said. “Several inspections will also be conducted by STUK during the Construction License Application phase. The purpose of the inspections is to ensure that Fennovoima and the plant supplier have the competence to start the construction of the plant in 2018,” Fennovoima noted. A positive safety assessment from STUK is a precondition for the Construction Licence to be granted by the Finnish government.