Construction of an administration building is due to start at Hankikivi in Finland this summer (Photo: Fennovoima)Finland’s Fennovoima has announced that construction of the administration building for the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant will begin this summer.

The works will be carried out by Lehto Tilat Oy, with construction of the building scheduled to be completed early in 2022.

"Starting the construction of the administration building is one of the key milestones in our preparations for the construction phase of the power plant," said Juha Nurmi, director of Fennovoima’s Owner’s Scope Project Area. "When the construction of the power plant starts, the number of our employees in the area will grow strongly. Now we will have office space to meet this need."

In addition to the administration building, Lehto Tilat Oy will also build the plant office for Hanhikivi 1. The €30 million ($34m) projects will represent 160 staff-years during the construction phase, Fennovoima said.

The six-storey administration building has a total area of 10,600 square metres. It will contain modern office spaces for about 300 people, meeting rooms, a staff restaurant and a training wing. The building will function as Fennovoima's office during power plant's construction and operation.

Construction of the plant office will begin upon the completion of the administration building. The five-storey office building will include office space for around 250 people, as well as meeting rooms and social facilities. During the construction phase, the plant office will also function as Fennovoima's site office.

RAOS Project Oy, part of Rosatom, is responsible for the construction of the Hanhikivi NPP as the plant supplier under the EPC contract Fennovoima signed with Rosatom. Fennovoima hopes to obtain the construction licence in 2021 and to start commercial operation of the power plant, a VVER-1200 unit, in 2028.

Photo: Construction of an administration building is due to start at Hankikivi in Finland this summer (Photo: Fennovoima)