Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority Finland: Fennovoima's project can be implemented safely

The Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) states that Fennovoima has the qualifications to construct a new nuclear power plant in Finland safely and in accordance with the nuclear energy act.

Today, 20 October 2009, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) gave its preliminary safety assessment concerning Fennovoima's nuclear power plant project as a response to the request for a statement regarding the Decision-in-Principle application submitted by Fennovoima in January 2009. STUK's statement includes, among other things, assessments concerning Fennovoima's alternative locations for the power plant, plant design alternatives and organization of the company.

Fennovoima's aim is to construct a nuclear power plant of 1500–2500 megawatts. Fennovoima has three alternatives for both the location of the plant and the plant designs.

STUK states that Fennovoima's alternative locations, Pyhäjoki, Ruotsinpyhtää and Simo, are suitable for locating a nuclear power plant. Each location has advantages and disadvantages which must be taken into account when designing the plant. STUK does not set the locations in any order of preference.

The design alternatives Fennovoima is proposing, Toshiba's ABWR and Areva's EPR and Kerena, do not as such fulfill all the Finnish safety regulations but the plants can be modified to fulfill the requirements. The extensiveness of modifications needed vary in each design. According to STUK, the necessary changes and additional work can be carried out in the later phases of the licensing process.

STUK sees that Fennovoima has the prerequisites to create a management system with a good safety culture and a high standard quality control for constructing and operating a nuclear power plant.

According to STUK, Fennovoima fulfills other prerequisites, too, that the law requires, including those related to for example safety, preparedness and nuclear fuel and nuclear waste management.

STUK's statement and the material presented in the press conference are published in Finnish on Fennovoima's webpage www.fennovoima/tiedotteet/ajankohtaista.

Further information:

Juhani Hyvärinen, Executive Vice President, Nuclear Engineering, tel. +358 (0)20 757 9208
Maira Kettunen, Vice President, Communications, tel. +358 (0)20 757 9213