First-ever remote vendor inspection undertaken for Finnish NPP

In view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and consequent global lockdown, Finland’s nuclear regulator STUK has undertaken a remote inspection of project management by the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom’s subsidiary, RAOS Project, who are the suppliers for the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant (NPP), as per a release.

The inspection was carried out via Skype conference during April 20–22 for the Hanhikivi-1 NPP, which will be built in the Hanhikivi peninsula in the Finnish region of Northern Ostrobothnia. The project is currently at the stage of preparatory works.

More than 30 RAOS Project specialists from the engineering, configuration, requirements management, quality management, licensing and project management departments were directly involved in the inspection, the release said.

According to the statement, the STUK experts gave a positive assessment of the task management on the corporate portal and noted the progress in the development of the interface management and documentation processes, while praising the technical arrangements for remote inspection.

The Finnish regulator also stressed the need to actively address the project management issues related to the next – construction – phase of the project. The next regulatory inspection of RAOS is tentatively scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.

RAOS is the supplier for the Hanhikivi-1 project under the EPC contract signed in December 2013 with Fennovoima Oy – the owner and operator of the planned NPP.

Hanhikivi-1 involves the construction of a single unit NPP featuring a Russian-designed VVER-1200 Generation III+ reactor with a capacity of 1,200 MW.