FORTUM CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 18 September 2015
Both units at Fortum's Loviisa nuclear power plant are back in production after
their annual maintenance outages. Unit 1 was down for 21 days until 30 August
2015, and Unit 2 for approximately 16 days until 15 September. The planned
duration of Loviisa 1 outage was exceeded by 3 working days due to hydrogen
generator leak repairs and replacement of the turbine reheaters.
This year both Units underwent a so-called short outage during which one
quarter of the fuel in both units was be replaced.
At Loviisa 2, the most significant outage work, besides the normal scheduled
maintenance and fuel replacement, consisted of activity measurement of turbine
steam lines and the replacement of an emergency diesel generator to an
“During this summer’s annual outage we began the modernisation of the power
plant’s turbine reheaters which improve the reliability of the secondary
circuit as well as the efficiency of the power plant,” says Pertti Salonen,
Manager of Loviisa power plant’s Maintenance Unit.
We are getting good results on our long-term development work to lower the
radiation levels for the personnel during the annual outage at both power plant
units. During this years' annual outage, the radiation levels were the lowest
in the history of the power plant at Loviisa 1 and Loviisa 2 among the lowest.
"The annual outages as a whole were carried out safely, according to plan and
schedule and no major incidents endangering personnel or plant safety occured,"
explains Timo Eurasto, Manager of Operations Unit at Loviisa power plant.
A total of 750 external contractors are involved in the Loviisa power plant’s
annual outage and ongoing modernisation projects. About 90 per cent of the
workers are of Finnish origin. There are approximately 500 Fortum employees and
some 100 permanent contractors working at the Loviisa power plant.
Pertti Salonen, Manager, Maintenance Unit, tel. +358 10 455 3100
Timo Eurasto, Manager, Operations Unit, tel. +358 10 455 4010
Background information for journalists:
In 2014, the load factor at Fortum’s fully-owned Loviisa nuclear power plant
was 90.9%. On an international scale, this was excellent: the worldwide load
factor for pressurised water power plants last year was approximately 84%. The
plant produced a total of 7.88 terawatt hours, which is approximately 12% of
Finland’s total electricity production. The Loviisa power plant employs
approximately 600 employees directly. In 2014, Fortum invested EUR 80 million
into the Loviisa nuclear power plant.
Fortum’s purpose is to create energy that improves life for present and future
generations. Fortum’s expertise is in CO2-free and efficient electricity and
heat production. The company also offers energy-related products and expert
services to private and industrial customers and energy producers. Fortum’s
main areas of operation are the Nordic and the Baltic countries, Russia and
Poland. In 2014, the annual sales (excluding the divested electricity
distribution business) totalled EUR 4.1 billion, and comparable operating
profit was EUR 1.1 billion. The company employs approximately 8,000 people.
Fortum’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.fortum.com