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Fennovoiman Laitostoiminnot-yksikön johtaja Janne Liuko

Janne Liuko's area of responsibility includes leading the operations of Fennovoima's key departments: Nuclear Safety, Engineering& Design Integrity, Inspection & Supervision, and Operation & Maintenance.

Towards building the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant

Fennovoima's Hanhikivi 1 plant's basic design and its review are steaming ahead, and we do not expect any significant changes to the plant's concept. In addition to design work, we are preparing for the approaching construction phase.

The Hanhikivi 1 project has progressed well over the last couple of years. By the end of 2020, we had reviewed almost all of the basic design and layout design of the plant and also made considerable progress in the reviews of the Preliminary Safety Analysis Report.

Together with RAOS Project, we have found solutions to the issues that were still open a year ago. For instance, the issues were related to the primary circuit, containment, and defense-in-depth. Based on experimental tests we have conducted, we also believe that the new passive residual heat removal systems for the containment will do their job well.

Indeed, we still have many things to resolve, but overall, the basic design of the Hanhikivi 1 plant is now steaming ahead. The design solutions are now mostly clear also for automation architecture, although the final verified architecture has not yet been finalized. During the 2021 spring, as we now have at our disposal the almost complete basic design documentation of the plant, we will move forward to review, for the first time, plant-level issues such as operability, operating costs, design integrity, and implementation feasibility. However, we can already say that the plant's design maturity has progressed significantly, and we do not expect any significant changes to the plant's concept.

As the design work progresses, the amount of information to be reviewed will increase at Fennovoima. We have refined our approach to design reviews. To ensure that we focus our reviews on the right things, we split the review into three areas: plant safety, operational economy, and feasibility. These areas have predefined criteria to fulfill for each stage of the project.

We have also started preparing Fennovoima's organizational unit plans that extend over the project life cycle. We define each unit's role at each stage of the project and the competencies and resources needed to accomplish the role. Unit planning enables us to plan personnel development, assess training needs, and plan career paths. As a result, our personnel will also have better visibility into their job and career development.

As the construction phase of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant approaches, preparations are imperative. We are evaluating Rosatom's traditional way of delivering facilities and clarifying expectations and requirements related to the Finnish environment in order to focus our development measures on the right things. For example, the plant implementation and implementation control plans and the construction phase's decision-making processes must be working and clear well before the start of construction.

We are also looking for opportunities to facilitate the progress of the project. For example, licensing high-quality components that are serially manufactured by well-known industry standards for safety-classified equipment can bring significant benefits to project implementation and plant operation.

The year 2021 will be busy, but we have a deliberate plan. I am very proud of our people in Fennovoima, who, in cooperation with Rosatom, have made great strides in the Hanhikivi 1 project. Similar perseverance, commitment, and decision-making ability are needed from all of us in the future as we continue towards the operation of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant.

Janne Liuko
Utility Operations Director

Janne Liuko's area of responsibility includes leading the operations of Fennovoima's key departments: Nuclear Safety, Engineering& Design Integrity, Inspection & Supervision, and Operation & Maintenance. In his free time, Janne enjoys various endurance sports and spending time with his family.

Janne Liuko