Hot functional tests have been completed at the Olkiluoto 3 EPR, Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) announced today. The company said preparations have already started for loading fuel into the core of the 1600 MWe pressurised water reactor ahead of its start-up later this year. TVO said it anticipates loading the 241 fuel assemblies into the reactor in the autumn. A total of 128 tonnes of fuel for the EPR has already been delivered to the Olkiluoto site in southwest Finland. Under the latest schedule for Olkiluoto 3, grid connection takes place in December, with the start of regular electricity production in May next year. The unit’s ramp-up programme will see it produce 2-4 TWh of electricity, at varying power levels between those dates. Fuel loading fuel at the Taishan 1 EPR in China’s Guangdong province began last month following the issuance of a permit from the Chinese regulator. The unit is later this year scheduled to become the first EPR reactor to enter operation. Fuel loading at the Flamanville EPR in France is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.
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