TVO applies for an operating licence for Olkiluoto 3

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 14.4.2016 10.08
Press release

 Today, on 14 April 2016, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) submitted to the Finnish Government an application for an operating licence for its nuclear power plant unit Olkiluoto 3, in accordance with the Nuclear Energy Act. The operating licence is being applied for the period from the beginning of 2018 to the end of 2038.

Furthermore, TVO is requesting permission to use the current interim storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel and other nuclear waste located at the Olkiluoto site for the interim storage of the nuclear waste generated in the operation of the Olkiluoto 3 unit from the beginning of 2018 until the end of 2038. The application does not concern the use of final disposal facilities for nuclear waste.

The processing of the operating licence application will include a statutory procedure for comments. To prepare the licence decision, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy (MEE) will request statements from several ministries and certain other authorities and communities.

The purpose of the operating licence procedure is to ensure, in particular, that the plant meets the safety requirements set for its continuous operation. The statement of the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) plays a key role in drafting the licence decision. STUK verifies that the plant has been built in accordance with the plans and that its staff have received training on the safe operation of the facility. The operation and maintenance of the nuclear power plant will be monitored and controlled throughout its operational life.

Olkiluoto 3 received a construction licence from the Government on 17 February 2005. On 17 January 2002, the Government made a favourable decision-in-principle on TVO's Olkiluoto 3 project and Parliament ratified it on 24 May 2002.

The licence application is available on the MEE website at

Further information
Pia Nordberg, Chief Counsellor, MEE, tel. +358 50 444 9763
Herkko Plit, Deputy Director General, TEM, tel. +358 50 462 0788