Fennovoima accepts general plant description and safety concept for licensing

During the autumn Fennovoima experts have reviewed a part of the Preliminary Safety Analysis Report (PSAR) of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant. Those include general chapters and descriptions of the main safety systems.

 “PSAR is a key deliverable for the NPP’s construction license application. About a year ago the plant supplier launched the PSAR localization project − an initiative to re-elaborate PSAR and adjust it to the Finnish regulatory environment,” explains Juho Vierimaa, Head of Licensing. 

An international group of Rosatom’s experts is developing the new PSAR documentation. These documents will replace earlier submitted chapters.

"With the PSAR Localization project, the quality of the documents has considerably increased. Now the structure is well-thought and clear," Juho Vierimaa adds. 

Now Fennovoima has sent general chapters of the Preliminary Safety Analysis Report (PSAR) of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant to STUK. The documentation contains general plant description, comparison to other VVER facilities and the plant safety concept.

“STUK approves the PSAR as a whole. So, we don’t expect a separate approval of those documents. What we do expect is a review by the regulator and a constructive dialogue,” Juho Vierimaa concludes.

Fennovoima’s goal is to receive the construction license in 2021.

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