Olkiluoto 3 Is Back Producing Low-Carbon Electricity For Finland

Last Monday, Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) restarted producing low-carbon electricity for Finland, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO, ENS Corporate Member) announced on its official channels.

The company said that maintenance and repair activities have been completed in the turbine island of the Olkiluoto 3 EPR plant unit. Test production phase continues at 60% power level, which means an output of about 850 megawatt (MW).

The production of OL3 during test production phase at a power level of 60% covers about 10% of the current electricity consumption in Finland.

According to the test schedule given by the plant supplier, test operation will proceed to 80% power level tests after mid-August.

With a power output of approximately 1300 MW at that power level, “Finland’s greatest climate act” (as OL3 has been nicknamed) will be bigger than any other Finnish power plant unit. The first full-power tests where power unit will produce electricity an output of about 1600 MW are scheduled in September.

Once OL3 will be fully operational, approximately 30 percent of Finland’s electricity will be generated on the island of Olkiluoto, and the share of nuclear power from all electricity consumed in Finland will rise to approximately 40%.

Read the full TVO Press Release.