Annual outage begins at Fortum's Loviisa nuclear power plant
PRESS RELEASE 15 August 2013 at 12.00 EEST
The annual refueling and maintenance outage on Unit 1 of Fortum's Loviisa nuclear power plant begins on Sunday 18 August. After Unit 1, Unit 2 will be serviced and the whole procedure is estimated to be completed at the end of September. Both units are scheduled for refueling outages, which means that no major alterations or repairs will be carried out.
”Besides normal periodic maintenance tasks and refueling, one engine of the Loviisa 1 emergency diesel generator will be replaced by a renovated one. Moreover, the 6 kV main switch at the switch plant and the 400 kV switch at the switch field will be replaced”, says Pertti Salonen, manager of Loviisa power plant's maintenance unit.
At Loviisa 2, the most significant task besides the normal periodic maintenance and refueling is the 400 kV switch replacements at the switch field. The Finnish transmission system operator Fingrid Oyj is in charge of the 400 kV switch replacements for both plant units.
For further information, please contact:
Pertti Salonen, manager, Maintenance Unit, tel. +358 10 455 3100
Timo Eurasto, manager, Operation Unit, tel. +358 10 455 4010
Loviisa Nuclear Power Plant
In 2012, Fortum's Loviisa nuclear power plant produced 7.61 terawatt hours of electricity, corresponding to about 10 percent of the total annual power production in Finland. Loviisa power plant has one of the best safety and availability records among the world's nuclear power plants. The load factor describing annual production is high in international comparison, e.g. 87.6 percent last year.
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