25.06.2019 12:00

Posiva starts construction of encapsulation plant in Olkiluoto

Posiva has decided to implement the production facility which is designed for spent fuel handling and consists of the encapsulation plant and the final disposal facility. In addition to construction of the encapsulation plant the rooms that have already been excavated in ONKALO® shall be equipped with the systems needed for starting the final disposal.

According to Posiva’s CEO and President Janne Mokka, the Finnish nuclear power industry can take pride in this decision which also means that safe final disposal will start first in the world in Olkiluoto.

- In Finland, full lifecycle management is a precondition for the production of climate-friendly nuclear electricity. Posiva will execute the final disposal of the spent fuel of its owners’ Olkiluoto and Loviisa nuclear power plants responsibly, Mr. Mokka says.

The cost estimate of this large-scale construction project implemented in the municipality of Eurajoki in the province of Satakunta totals ca. 500 million EUR and it has an employment impact of ca. 2500 person years.

- The very significant project we are about to launch covers the encapsulation plant as a whole, the systems which are needed to begin final disposal, the operating licence process, and preparations for the supply chains required for the production stage of the facility.

The multi-disciplinary project must be founded on world-class expertise.

- Carrying out this project successfully requires the experts who have worked during four decades to develop the safe final disposal concept, as well as professionals of project management and various partners. We expect to award contracts for the most significant works in the near future, Mr. Mokka explains.

For more information, please contact:
Janne Mokka, President, tel. +358 2 8381 3800


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