Fennovoima has submitted an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report to the Finland Ministry of Employment and the Economy for its Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in Pyhajoki..
The EIA report, which was submitted on 13 February 2014, shows that construction of the new 1,200MW nuclear power plant is feasible. During the EIA procedure, the company has assessed impacts of the construction and operation of the new power plant on environment and people.
Comparing the environmental impacts of a 1,800MW nuclear power plant assessed in 2008, this new EIA report shows that the environmental impacts to the water systems, fishery and nature conservation areas are slightly smaller for the new 1,200MW power plant.
The EIA report, which was drawn up according to the Finnish EIA legislation requirements, has been prepared based on the utilisation of studies and surveys of the 2008 EIA report and the present environmental data.
In addition to this, resident survey and group interviews have been carried out in addition to the modelling of cooling water and noise spreading.
In the report, the statement of the coordinating authority regarding the EIA program has also been taken into account.
Completion of the EIA procedure will be based on the issuance of the ministry's statement on the EIA report.
In December 2013, Fennovoima and Rusatom Overseas signed a contract to supply a pressurised water reactor AES-2006 for the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant. Complying with the latest Finnish safety requirements, the new power plant is expected to come online in 2024.