Areva's Finnish EPR reactor delayed again: Finnish group

26th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

An EPR nuclear reactor being built in Finland by the French-German consortium Areva-Siemens has been delayed again and will not reach normal operating levels until second half 2013, Finnish electricity group TVO said Friday.

TVO said in a statement it had been informed by Areva-Siemens that most of the work on the Olkiluoto third generation European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) would be completed in 2012.

But it added: "The supplier indicated that its entry into service would take eight months, which means that normal operations would begin in the second half of 2013."

The Olkiluoto project, located in southwest Finland, was launched in September 2005 and was to have been completed in April 2009. The date for the end of construction has been delayed five times.

Areva in the previous timetable provided TVO mentioned late 2012 as the start-up date.

© 2010 AFP

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