Operating licences of Loviisa 1 and 2 expire in 2027 and 2030

On 1 November 2006, Fortum Power and Heat Oy (Fortum) submitted to the Finnish Government an application for the renewal of the operating licences of its nuclear power plant units Loviisa 1 and 2, in accordance with the Nuclear Energy Act. The Government granted the operating licences on 26 July 2007. The operating licences of Loviisa 1 and 2 expire at the end of 2027 and at the end of 2030 respectively. By the end of 2015 and 2023, Fortum must present to the Finnish Radiation and Safety Authority (STUK) comprehensive periodic safety reviews.

The processing of the operating licence application included a statutory consultation procedure. To prepare the licence decision, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (today the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment) requested statements from several different ministries and certain other authorities and communities.

The purpose of the operating licence procedure was to ensure, in particular, that the power plant meets the safety requirements set for its use. STUK’s statement played a key role in the preparation of the licence decision. Citizens could also express their opinions on the project to the Ministry in writing or via the internet.

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