FORTUM CORPORATION BUSINESS PRESS RELEASE 18.8.2021
The annual outage of Fortum’s Loviisa nuclear power plant will begin with Unit 2 on Sunday, August 22nd, followed by the servicing of Unit 1. This year both units will undergo the short annual outage. The annual outages are estimated to last a total of about 38 days.
This year the plant protection systems of both units will be renewed, and the automation modernisation of the emergency generators that was started in the previous annual outage will be continued. The modernisation project will replace the original automation systems with digital systems. During the annual outage, one quarter of the fuel will be replaced.
”The Loviisa plant units have been upgraded and modernised systematically and according to plans throughout its history. In this year’s short annual outage, we will do the normal periodic maintenance work and refuelling, as well as a number of measures that will improve plant and employee safety and operational reliability,” says Loviisa power plant’s Deputy Director Thomas Buddas.
In addition to the power plant’s 530 employees, nearly 750 external workers will participate in the annual outage. Some 90 per cent of the workers are Finns. Additionally, there will be workers from France, Russia, Poland, Sweden, and the Baltic countries.
Thomas Buddas, Deputy Director, Loviisa Power Plant, tel. +358 10 455 3710
Loviisa nuclear power plant
In 2020, the load factor at Fortum’s fully-owned Loviisa nuclear power plant was 87.7%. The continuous development and modernisation of the power plant enable load factors that are among the best for pressurised water reactors on an international scale. During the past five years Fortum’s investments in the Loviisa power plant have totalled about EUR 450 million. In 2020, the power plant produced a total of 7.8 terawatt hours (net) of electricity, which is more than 10% of Finland’s electricity production. Fortum employs about 700 nuclear sector professionals, 530 of them work at the Loviisa power plant. Additionally, nearly 100 permanent employees of other companies work in the power plant area every day. More information: www.fortum.com/loviisa