Mid-size option for Hanhikivi selected
Fennovoima has invited Rosatom to participate in “direct negotiations” on the supply of its mid-sized AES-2006 pressurized water reactor for its planned Hanhikivi plant in Finland. Toshiba’s larger EU-ABWR boiling water reactor is also under consideration.
The study comprises a preliminary assessment of different alternatives for a single-unit light water reactor of 1000-1300 MWe capacity and will include technical feasibility, licensability, economic and financial feasibility and project schedule. A second, bidding, phase in which the company will invite bids from the options it decides are suitable would follow, with a detailed schedule agreed on a case-by-case basis.
The initial phase of that assessment was completed at the end of March. In addition to Rosatom’s AES-2006, Fennovoima said that proposals for mid-sized reactor designs from Areva, Areva-Mitsubishi and Toshiba had also been under consideration.
While Rosatom is currently constructing eight AES-2006 units in Russia, it also has orders to build 19 such reactors outside of Russia.
Two commercial bids were submitted for the Hanhikivi plant in January 2012: Toshiba’s EU-ABWR and Areva’s EPR. Negotiations had been ongoing with both companies, who submitted final updates on their bids in January. As a result of its evaluations, Fennovoima’s board of directors decided to terminate the bidding process and instead to proceed with a new supplier selection process. The company accordingly elected to continue direct negotiations regarding the EU-ABWR.
Whether it decides to go for a large or mid-sized reactor, Fennovoima says it intends to select a plant supplier for Hanhikivi during 2013.
Source: World Nuclear News