Unit 2 at Fortum's Loviisa nuclear power plant is back in energy production as of this morning, October 26 at 07:02 a.m. A small leak was detected in the gasket system of one of the main circulation pumps on Saturday 20 October, and the reactor was shut down according to the plant's normal procedure. The incident caused no threat to people, environment or the power plant.
Fortum, Power Division
Further information: Thomas Buddas, Director, Processes and Development, Fortum, Loviisa Power Plant, tel. +358 50 455 3710
Fortum's Loviisa Nuclear Power Plant
In 2011, Fortum's Loviisa nuclear power plant produced 8.06 terawatt hours of electricity, corresponding to about 10 percent of the total annual power consumption in Finland. Loviisa power plant has one of the best safety and availability records among the world's nuclear power plants. The load factor describing annual production is high in international comparison, e.g. 94.3 percent last year.
Both national and EU level safety evaluations made after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan proved that the design basis in preparation for external events are correct at Loviisa power plant. Moreover, Fortum has improved the safety of Loviisa power plant with extensive actions over the past decades already. Fortum's Loviisa power plant reports all incidents and deviations with possible effect on nuclear safety, their reasons and corrective measures to STUK, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland. Safety and its continuous improvement are the most important operating principles of the plant.
Fortum's purpose is to create energy that improves life for present and future generations. We provide sustainable solutions that fulfil the needs for low emissions, resource efficiency and energy security, and deliver excellent value to our shareholders. Our activities cover the generation, distribution and sales of electricity and heat as well as related expert services.
Fortum's operations focus on the Nordic countries, Russia, Poland and the Baltics. In the future, the integrating European and fast-growing Asian energy markets provide additional growth opportunities. In 2011, Fortum’s sales totalled EUR 6.2 billion and comparable operating profit was EUR 1.8 billion. We employ approximately 10,800 people. Fortum’s shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
Further information: www.fortum.com