HELSINKI – Finnish utility TVO says construction of the country’s fifth nuclear reactor has been delayed again, with the plant not expected to go online until 2018 — nine years later than initially forecast.
French-German engineering conglomerate Areva-Siemens is building the reactor, which has been plagued by delays over faulty materials and planning problems since construction began in 2005.
The 1,600-megawatt European Pressurized Reactor — one of the first of its kind — was meant to begin providing electricity in 2009.
TVO says “it is hard for us to accept such a late startup forecast” and is seeking ways to speed up the work.
Monday’s announcement represented at least the eighth delay at the Olkiluoto 3 site, where two other reactors have been operating for more than 30 years.