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Kim Stålhandske käyttöpäällikkö

Kim Stålhandske has worked in Fennovoima's operation and maintenance team in various positions since 2015. Currently Kim is responsible for Fennovoima's operational readiness and technical training.

Preparing for the 60-year operation of the Hanhikivi 1 plant

Fennovoima achieves operational readiness when the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant and the organization operating it are ready for the plant's safe, cost-effective and efficient operation.

Over the past year, we have mapped the needs and development areas related to Fennovoima's operational phase and defined a roadmap as the basis for Fennovoima's operational readiness development work. The roadmap creates a clear picture of all key objectives and tasks.

At the plant design phase, we ensure that the power plant meets the technical and safety requirements set for it. In addition, we make sure that it is easy to use and maintain and produces the agreed amount of electricity.

Founded in early 2020, Fennovoima's operational readiness unit focuses primarily on organizational readiness, which has been continuously developed during the project. We have begun to define the functions of the plant's operating organization and related goals in cooperation with Fennovoima's various units. In 2021, we will continue to develop the operational phase organizational model, including new functions and a plan for how to operate the Hanhikivi 1 plant.

Besides structural matters, an organization's readiness consists above all of the right competencies as well as functional processes and tools. The organization's expertise is continuously developed during the project so that the organization's operational readiness is achieved well in advance of the nuclear power plant's initial fuel loading.

According to the plant delivery EPC contract, RAOS Project is responsible for the technical training of Fennovoima's personnel. For several years, however, we have seen language and cultural challenges in identifying training needs and implementing the training. We have studied the experiences of other nuclear power projects in a similar situation around the world and found that cultural and linguistic challenges have often led to the failure of training activities. That is why we are now supporting the plant supplier more than planned in the development of training.

We have started defining a long-term training program that not only covers the project organization's training needs at different stages of the project but also the operational organization's training needs. For example, the training of licensed operators in charge of the plant operation is long, and it must begin several years before the plant's planned commissioning.

At the beginning of 2021, we launched a technical training program specifically for experts evaluating the plant design. The program initially covers themes related to plant safety, design, quality, and plant operation in a normal situation. The training primarily supports the second stage of the basic design and its review. In addition, the training will help Fennovoima's organization prepare for the plant's 60-year operating phase in the future.

Kim Stålhandske
Operational Readiness Manager

Kim Stålhandske has a master's degree in energy technology and he has worked in Fennovoima's operation and maintenance team in various positions since 2015. Currently Kim is responsible for Fennovoima's operational readiness and technical training. Previously, Kim has also worked on TVO's Olkiluoto 3 project as a Nuclear Safety Engineer. In his free time, Kim takes his dog ‘Ihku’ for walks, cooks delicious food and does sports.

Kim Stålhandske, Fennovoiman Käyttövalmiuspäällikkö