NEWS FROM THE FINNISH NUCLEAR SOCIETY (ATS)
Annual meeting of ATS, Tieteiden talo, Helsinki
On 8 March 2011, the annual meeting of the Finnish Nuclear Society (ATS) took place in Tieteiden talo, Helsinki. About 40 members of ATS participated. The meeting nominated one new member, Olli Okko, to the ATS Board. Apart from that, the existing Board and the President, Dr. Eija-Karita Puska, will continue for another term. During the annual meeting ATS also nominated Jussi Manninen and Professor Emeritus Risto Tarjanne as new honorable members. The Society also awarded Antti Hakola the Erkki Laurila award, which is given annually for the best scientific paper published in the ATS magazine, Ydintekniikka.
After the official business was conducted, former IAEA deputy director general, Olli Heinonen, gave a presentation on the main challenges relating to nuclear proliferation in North Korea. The presentation is available on the ATS web site at: (www.ats-fns.fi/index.php).
Other ATS member events
The first ATS event of 2011 took place on 27 January, in Eurajoki, near the Olkiluoto NPP site. Erik Setzman, from SKB, and Vesa Ruuska, from Posiva, talked about the real issues relating to spent nuclear fuel management in Sweden and Finland. About 30 members of the Society participated. Mr. Setzman’s and Mr. Ruuska’s presentations are available on ATS web site at: (www.ats-fns.fi)
Energy Channel, a working group of ATS, organized its traditional Radioactive Women Seminar at the Post Museum, in Helsinki, on 17 March. Energy Channel was founded by seven active female members of ATS in 1990. It distributes information on energy matters, radiation and radioactivity to decision-makers and other citizens’ groups, especially women. The information is distributed through the organisation of seminars and lectures, the production of information material, guided visits to nuclear sites and also - to some extent - by giving interviews to the media.
The main speakers at the seminar were Tellervo Kylä-Harakka-Ruonala, Director of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and Ritva Hirvonen, Development Manager at Fingrid. A last-minute update on the Fukushima accident in Japan was also included in the agenda.
Finnish Nuclear Society web pages were given a new look
The structure of the web pages of the Finnish Nuclear Society (ATS) web site has been improved, especially to make the pages easier to maintain. The visual lay-out has also been improved. There's updated content in the English version and most of the general articles have English translations. The updated pages in English are available via the following link: www.ats-fns.fi
Fourth steam generator completed reactor for coolant system in Olkiluoto 3 -plant
The last (i.e. the fourth) steam generator was transferred to the reactor building at the Olkiluoto 3 site and on 31 January was lifted into its concrete bunker. The fourth steam generator was the last main component of the reactor coolant system to be transferred to the installation site. The steam generators are the largest components on the nuclear island. Each weighs about 520 tons and the main crane of the reactor building was equipped with separate installation cranes for the handling of the steam generators. (Source: TVO news, www.tvo.fi/www/page/3524/ ).
Lifting of the fourth steam generator at Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant (Source: TVO)