Operating licences of Olkiluoto 1 and 2 expire in 2018

On 18 December 1996, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) submitted to the Finnish Government an application for the renewal of the operating licences of its nuclear power plant units Olkiluoto 1 and 2, in accordance with the Nuclear Energy Act. The Government granted the operating licences on 20 August 1998. The operating licences of both units expire at the end of 2018. TVO has initiated measures to apply for new operating licences.

Under the Nuclear Energy Act, the processing of an operating licence application includes a hearing procedure. To prepare the licence decision, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) requests statements from several ministries and certain other authorities and communities.

The purpose of the licence procedure is to ensure, in particular, that the power plant meets the safety requirements set for operation. The statement of the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) plays a key role in the preparation of the licence decision. Citizens can also express their opinions on the project to the MEAE in writing or in electronic format.

Further information: jorma.aurela(at)tem.fi