Finland may face power outages, media write

HELSINKI, July 17 – RIA Novosti. Finland could face power outages for up to two hours a day as early as this winter, public broadcaster YLE reported on Sunday.
It is clarified that a possible deficit is associated with the rejection of Russian energy resources, oil and gas, which are extremely difficult to replace.

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“If there is a shortage of electricity, consumption can be reduced by a maximum of two hours. Outages planned in advance will alternate,” the message says, citing the forecast of the country’s electricity grid operator Fingrid.
Turning off the power is an extreme measure that is supposed to be used only in emergency situations, the note says. The situation in the winter in the energy sector in Finland largely depends on the launch of the new, third power unit of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant, which is regularly postponed and is now expected in December. However, Finnish Economy Minister Mika Lintilä, who visited the nuclear power plant this week, is confident of a positive outcome.
“Encouraging information about Olkiluoto. Olkiluoto 3 will operate at full capacity of 1600 MW in September, and this month it is already 60% of the maximum. Important production both in terms of electricity price and in terms of predictability of the situation” , – Lintilya wrote on social networks after visiting the nuclear power plant.
The Finnish market is energy deficient by about 15-20%, the deficit is currently covered from Sweden. It is expected that with the commissioning of the third block of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant, the country will become energy independent.
Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power plant in Western Finland. The station is located on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia of the Baltic Sea, on the island of Olkiluoto. The two reactors already in operation produce 16% of Finland’s energy consumption. In 2002, it was decided to build a third power unit at this nuclear power plant. In 2003, the French group Areva became the construction contractor. The final building permit was obtained in 2005. The cost of construction was estimated at 3 billion euros, but subsequently it tripled – up to 9 billion euros.
In Finland, the Loviisa nuclear power plant with Soviet VVER-440/213 reactors is still operating. In 2020, the Loviisa nuclear power plant generated 7.8 terawatt-hours of electricity, which is more than 10% of all electricity generated in Finland.

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