Nuclear reactor bidding process begins for new plant in Finland

Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) said it has started the bidding process for the Olkiluoto 4 (OL4) project as a part of the bidding and engineering phase.

“Together with the potential plant supplier alternatives we have now started engineering to clarify that the plant types to be offered to us meet Finnish safety requirements and can be implemented in Olkiluoto,” said Janne Mokka, senior vice president, OL4 Project.

The utility has selected five reactor vendors to submit bids to construct the plant. Under consideration are Areva with an EPR plant type, GE Hitachi with an ESBWR plant type, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power with an APR1400 plant type, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with an APWR plant type and Toshiba with an ABWR plant type.

TVO said there is a construction site already for the new unit in Olkiluoto as well as power plant infrastructure that supports the project. At present, there are more than 50 people working at the OL4 project.

The third unit at Olkiluoto, OL3, is an Areva EPR that is expected to be operational in 2014.

Bids for the new nuclear power plant unit are expected at the beginning of 2013.

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