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Topic Title: Re: Further delays for Finnish nuclear power plant (Olkiluoto 3)
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Created On: 05 September 2013 07:39 PM
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 05 September 2013 07:39 PM
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E&T has as article on further unspecified delays to the building of the EPR nuclear power station in Finland.

Alternatively you can read about it here on the Thomson Reuters news site...

There is a remarkable quote from Petteri Tiippana, director general of Finland's radiation and nuclear safety authority STUK, in this second article.

"Tiippana said there were three steps involved in planning and testing the reactor's automation system, and Areva was still at the initial stage of designing the architecture. "We are still on the step one," he said."

So apparently Areva haven't yet finished redesigning their control system. Remaining procurement decisions, plus building and testing are still to come...

Whether this new automation design will also meet the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR ) regulatory requirements without another major redesign is an open question, since the public has little or no transparency on this sort of issue.

The GDA assessments of the automation systems for the proposed UK EPR's were abandoned in favour of individually tailored site specific assessments to be undertaken during the build phase of each project given the necessary blank cheque from the Treasury.

Given that long construction delays can result from major changes to the design of the automation system during the build phase, I would like to see the ONR make a detailed public statement on this issue and the related issues before further open ended promises for uncapped amounts of public (and energy bill payer) cash are made by the government.

Nuclear Lessons Learned or Unlearned. That is the question.

James Arathoon

James Arathoon

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