Fennovoima’s construction licence processed in 2021

Fennovoima Oy’s nuclear power project has reached the construction licence stage. The Government is estimated to consider the construction licence decision at the earliest in 2021.

Before the construction licence can be granted, Fennovoima must present a plan for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. According to the decision-in-principle issued in 2010, Fennovoima had to present by the end of June 2016 either an agreement on nuclear waste management collaboration with the current licensees under a waste management obligation, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj and Fortum Power and Heat Oy, or an environmental impact assessment programme for its own final disposal facility for spent fuel. Fennovoima started the process of environmental impact assessment whose programme phase ended 16 December 2016 by the statement of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) processes the construction licence application in accordance with the Nuclear Energy Act. Its assessment concerns, in particular, nuclear safety and the safe construction and operation of the facility. At the same time, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) assesses the technical safety of the plant.

In the autumn 2015, the MEAE launched a statutory hearing, circulating the construction licence application for comments. The decision on grating the construction licence is made by the Government.

The power plant is to be located in Pyhäjoki. The unit will be a pressurised water reactor with an electric power output of approximately 1,200 MW.

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

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