The annual outage of Fortum’s Loviisa nuclear power plant will begin with Unit 2 on August 20, followed by the servicing of Unit 1, said an official press release on Wednesday.
This year, both units will undergo the short so-called refuelling outage. The annual outages are estimated to last a total of about 37 days.
During the annual outage, one quarter of the fuel will be replaced. In addition to the fuel replacement, both units will undergo various preliminary maintenance work, inspections, repairs and tests.
Additionally, the automation modernisation of Loviisa Unit 1’s emergency generators, which was started in the previous annual outages, will be continued. The modernisation project is replacing the original automation systems with digital systems.
In all work at the power plant, attention is paid to plant and occupational safety, to human factors and to clear communication. The annual outage theme this year is work risk assessments. Through this theme, personnel are instructed to identify the risks and potential hazards of the work, to take the necessary corrective actions before starting the work and to ensure the proper cleanliness at the work site.
“Safety and operational quality are our top priorities. Our activities must not cause harm or damage to people, the environment or property. During the annual outages, our safety culture is particularly tested, as around 650 employees of contractors participate in the annual outrage in addition to the 550 permanent employees of Fortum,” said Sasu Valkamo, Vice President of Fortum’s Loviisa nuclear power plant.