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Projektijohtaja Jouni Takakarhu

Jouni Takakarhu has been working at Fennovoima for seven years now, first as Turbine Island Director, then as Engineering Director and since last two years as Project Director.

Towards high-quality construction of the Hanhikivi 1 plant

The Hanhikivi 1 project is preparing for the construction phase of the nuclear power plant and planning related measures. Also, preparatory work to develop supply chain monitoring and quality control are progressing.

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Fennovoima switched to remote work quite flexibly. The pandemic has made development work and creating new ideas more difficult, as well as hampered integrating new people into the work community, but overall, there have been no major problems. The impact of the pandemic on the project has been surprisingly small.

Technical design of the nuclear power plant proceeded well in 2020, except for I&C design. Technical design for Instrumentation and Control (I&C) system is still at a very early stage, and there is some schedule pressure in its progress. In addition, the project organization responsible for the I&C delivery is not yet fully formed. There must be swift progress with the I&C design to ensure that it will be sufficiently advanced for the plant’s licensing.

We are actively preparing for the plant’s construction phase. In 2020, we carried out a lot of preparatory work to develop supply chain monitoring and quality control, as well as to build Fennovoima’s own supervision organization, among other things. For Fennovoima, quality control means in practice that we participate in inspections and, above all, ensure that the quality inspections of RAOS Project and its supply chain work well, feedback is transmitted and corrective action is taken in accordance with the observations.

The Finnish regulatory environment is challenging, and therefore we find it necessary to support the plant supplier and the supply chain in their preparations for it. We do not do the work for them, but support and guide them.

RAOS Project is also preparing for the construction phase and planning related measures. In 2020, RAOS Project and Fennovoima worked together to produce the implementation plan for the construction phase, which includes examples of typical delivery sequences and information on how the different functions and parties are linked and interact with each other in the Finnish operating environment. The plan supports the schedule for the project’s implementation phase and is very important to us.

The main contractor Titan-2 is also making progress with the development of construction readiness. The construction readiness plan delivered by the main contractor describes their responsibilities and the development of their organization from the present moment to the casting of the reactor building base slab, as well as a detailed construction plan for the reactor building. Overall, the plan increases the transparency of preparations and supports Titan-2’s credibility as the main contractor for the Hanhikivi 1 plant.

Successful and timely deliveries of equipment with long lead times are essential for the progress of the project. Our goal is to have the manufacturing of components related to the reactor and primary circuit started during 2021. Starting the manufacturing of the reactor pressure vessel is the most critical of these, as it takes so long to make. Before starting the manufacture, we need to have the manufacturing materials and plans approved by STUK.

Jouni Takakarhu
Fennovoima’s Project Director

Jouni Takakarhu (M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering) has been working at Fennovoima for seven years now, first as Turbine Island Director, then as Engineering Director and since last two years as Project Director. Prior to Fennovoima, Jouni has gained a vast experience in international technology development and investment projects in the petrochemical industry. Besides work, Jouni enjoys dabbling at his summer cottage.

Jouni Takakarhu Fennovoiman Projektijohtaja