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Areva-Siemens Accuses TVO Of ‘Not Fulfilling Obligations’ On Olkiluoto-3

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The consortium building the Olkiluoto-3 European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR) in Finland has criticised Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) after it announced today that the start-up of the unit may be delayed again, with regular electricity production possibly postponed until 2016.

Following TVO’s announcement, Areva-Siemens said it would like to recall the commitment made by the client [TVO] “to take all the measures necessary to contribute to a stable and reliable calendar”.

A statement said the Areva-Siemens consortium and TVO jointly identified a while ago the instrumentation and control (I&C) as “a critical field for the positive progress of the project”.

The statement said that over the course of the past year, the consortium has asked for “significantly more active cooperation” from TVO in order to obtain final approval for the detailed I&C architecture.

“The Areva-Siemens consortium regrets that TVO continues to not fulfil its obligations to allow for the project to advance properly,” the statement said.

TVO said it was basing its information on recent progress reports received from Areva-Siemens.

TVO said it has estimated that Olkiluoto-3 will not be ready for regular electricity production in 2014, as announced by the plant supplier.

It said it had asked Areva-Siemens to update the overall schedule and provide a new confirmation for the completion date.

TVO said although it is “not pleased” with the situation and repeating challenges with the project scheduling, the works are proceeding at the Olkiluoto-3 site. At the reactor plant approximately 75 percent of the installation works have been completed and the major components have been installed. The first systems at the turbine plant have been commissioned.

Olkiluoto-3 is being built by Areva-Siemens on a fixed-price turn-key contract for TVO.

In October 2008, TVO was told by Areva-Siemens that Olkiluoto-3 would be delayed to 2012 from its initial start-up target of 2009.

In June 2010, Areva-Siemens said completion of most of the works was expected in 2012 and the plant would be ready for first fuel loading towards the end of 2012. At that point, electricity production was scheduled to start in 2013, a target that later slipped to 2014.

In December 2010, Areva denied rumours in the French media that Olkiluoto-3 had experienced further delays.