The long-term commissioning of Finland’s fifth commercial nuclear reactor will be delayed again.
According to plant supplier Areva-Siemens, the start-up date for Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) will be postponed by one month. The company announced on Friday that it expects regular power generation to begin in March 2022.
The third unit in the Olkiluoto area in Eurajoki in southwestern Finland has been built since 2005.
Plant officials perform the last major series of tests before the plant unit is started up and electricity generation begins. Based on the test results, they have decided to perform additional turbine maintenance.
This means that the first electricity generation will start on a test basis in November and full commercial electricity generation will start in March 2022.
According to the latest published schedule, commercial operations were scheduled to begin in February.
The reactor has suffered from repeated delays and cost overruns. OL3 originally started operations in 2009.
In May, Areva-Siemens and plant owner TVO finally settled a long-standing dispute over the completion of the project.
Source: The Nordic Page