The European Commission’s political conclusions regarding the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group’s (ENSREG) stress test report has been the target of media speculation in recent days. In terms of Fortum’s Loviisa power plant, this latest stress test discussion doesn’t contribute any new information. All development targets related to the Loviisa power plant have already been presented in the previously published national reports.
Based on its national reports, in July 2012 the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) communicated to nuclear power companies its decision about the things requiring further measures to improve safety at the power plants. At Fortum, the analyses and the measures based on them are already under way. Some of the development targets are related to the issues that were raised earlier in the companies, like the planning of air cooling towers that are independent of sea water and the assessment of the risk caused by high sea water levels. Development targets can be implemented within the framework of the Loviisa power plant’s annual investment programmes, and they will not affect the power plant’s availability.
During the safety assessments, it was concluded that the design basis of the Loviisa power plant is proper in terms of external events. Additionally, Fortum has improved the safety of the Loviisa power plant with comprehensive measures over several decades. These measures have made it possible to fundamentally improve the management of serious accidents, among other things.
Fortum sees the harmonisation of safety requirements for nuclear power plants as necessary and considers it a good thing that national authorities have supervisory responsibility.
On October 4th, the European Commission will publish a communication on the stress tests of European nuclear power plants.
Peter Tuominen, Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Fortum Power Division, tel. +358 50 452 4760
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