Fennovoima has strongly developed its organization and safety culture to support the nuclear power plant project and its implementation. During 2016, the company recruited 84 specialists in seven recruitment phases, and at the end of the year, it had 270 employees.
Preparatory work at the construction site in Pyhäjoki 's Hanhikivi headland continued. During 2016, approximately 150 people were carrying out daily work at the site. Also, the first two common representatives of workers at the construction site began their work in January.
The first permanent building, the training center, was completed at the end of September. Two concrete batching plants were completed in June and August. The construction of the sorted waste station began in 2016 and will be completed and taken into use in the spring of 2017. The objective is that 85% of waste generated at the construction site will be utilized as materials or energy.
In the spring, Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear SAS was confirmed as the designer of the instrumentation and control systems architecture for the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant.
In June, Fennovoima signed a service agreement with Posiva’s subsidiary Posiva Solutions Oy. The agreement enables Fennovoima to utilize Posiva’s know-how in the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel.
In August, the plant supplier RAOS Project Oy and GE Alstom Power Systems signed an agreement about the delivery of the turbine generator unit. The agreement covers the turbine generator’s design and delivery, as well as expert support for its installation and commissioning work.
Fennovoima submitted design documentation related to its Construction License Application to the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) for evaluation. The material describes, among other things, the nuclear power plant’s safety design principles and procedures used in the development work.
In June, Fennovoima was granted an environmental permit for the operation of nuclear power plant and for its back-up power production by the permit authority, the Northern Finland Regional State Administrative Agency. Also, several other conventional permits were granted for the activities in at the plant site.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) porcedure for the transmission lines and national grid connection was carried out in cooperation with Fingrid Oyj. The EIA report was submitted in May 2016 to the coordinating authority (the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment), which issued its statement about the report in October 2016. In connection with the EIA procedure for the transmission lines, the Natura 2000 assessment was also completed.
In June, Fennovoima submitted to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Employment (MEAE) its Environmental Impact Assessment Program regarding final disposal facility of spent nuclear fuel, thus fulfilling the requirement set in the Decision-in-Principle from 2010. The EIA Program includes two alternative locations for the final disposal facility, Eurajoki and Pyhäjoki.
Support for the project has remained stable in Pyhäjoki. An opinion poll conducted in December 2016 indicates that 67.4% (68.1% in 2015) of the citizens in Pyhäjoki support the Hanhikivi 1 project. Altogether, 62% (65.7% in 2015) of the residents of Pyhäjoki and its adjoining municipalities of Kalajoki, Merijärvi, Oulainen and Raahe support the project.