The electricity production of Olkiluoto’s third nuclear power plant unit started on Saturday, 12 March 2022, at 12.01 p.m. "Olkiluoto 3 EPR (OL3) significantly increases domestic electricity production, improving Finland's electricity self-sufficiency and helping in achieving carbon neutrality goals", TVO says in a press release.
Olkiluoto 3 increases domestic electricity production, improving Finland's electricity self-sufficiency and helping in achieving carbon neutrality goals
The startup of Olkiluoto unit 3 in Finland took place on 21 December 2021. Following this, the power output was gradually increased to approximately 27 percent and on March 12 the unit was connected to the national grid at a power output of 103 MW. During the subsequent test production phase of approximately four months, the power output of OL3 will be gradually increased to 1,600 MW. This corresponds with approximately 10 percent of Finland's electricity demand, TVO explains.
Marjo Mustonen, Senior Vice President of Electricity Production at the owner company TVO, said that OL3 "is a significant addition to clean electricity production in Finland, the share of which will rise to over 90 percent." At the same time, adds Ms. Mustonen, "the need for the import of electricity will decrease to below half."
OL3 is a significant addition to clean electricity production in Finland raising the share of nuclear power to over 90 percent, and cutting the need for the import of electricity to below half
OL3's regular electricity production starts in July 2022. Output during the test production phase is comunicated on TVO's website. Once regular electricity production has started, OL3 will produce about 14 percent of Finland's total electricity consumption.
Finland has five nuclear nuclear power plants in operation. Loviisa 1 and 2 and Olkiluoto 1, 2 and 3. In 2020 almost 34% of the electricity of the country was nuclear.
At full capacity, OL3 will produce about 14 percent of Finland's total electricity consumption